After defeating Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision at UFC 169, Anthony Pettis and a move up to lightweight could be next for the dominant Brazilian featherweight, Jose Aldo. At the post-fight press conference, one media member asked Aldo if he would be interested in a fight with Pettis, to which he responded, via a translator:
“It’s not only about me. I want the fight, Anthony Pettis wants the fight, the fans want the fight, so why not? we are ready to fight, let’s get this fight.”
With such a positive response, Dana White was obviously excited and reacted by stating,
“Looks like we’ve got a fight.”
After booking the super fight for UFC 163 in Brazil, an injury to Anthony Pettis forced him out of the fight and he was replaced by Chan Sung-Jung. Aldo put on a sub-par (by his standards) performance, though did dispose of the Korean contender via fourth round TKO after Jung suffered a dislocated shoulder. Now, it looks like the super fight is back on, though this time it will be for Pettis’s lightweight title, rather than Aldo’s featherweight title.
Since the booking, Pettis has gone on to defeat Benson Henderson via first round armbar for the lightweight strap, and Jose Aldo will vacate his featherweight title in order to fight for Pettis’s belt. The American is yet to defend his belt, and in Aldo he will face his toughest test to date and the man many consider the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
The fight is still in its early stages and there is no confirmation that the UFC will book it, but White seemed optimistic after receiving a call from the lightweight champion during the press conference, with Pettis stating his enthusiasm for a fight with Aldo. A possible event, date, etc. have yet to be discussed, but Aldo vs. Pettis looks like it will happen sooner rather than later.