Found February 26, 2013 on
Clearly, the UFC’s new Fighter Rankings mean absolutely nothing. Apparently, the best way to earn a title shot isn’t to score a top spot in the media-voted polls, but to win a pivotal scrap in a different division.
Anthony Pettis was granted next dibs at the lightweight crown after trouncing Donald Cerrone at UFC 156. However, instead of waiting to face the victor of the April 20th bout between 155-pound champ Benson Henderson and Melendez, “Showtime” decided he didn’t want to ride the pine that long and was handed an immediate crack at featherweight king Jose Aldo’s (Pictured) throne.
Now, UFC President Dana White has told MMAJunkie that Aldo will score an instant opportunity at lightweight gold should he beat Pettis on August 3rd. Although Aldo hasn’t competed at 155 pounds since November 2005, his transition to the larger weight class has been anticipated for quite some time.
If “Scarface” successfully defends his hardware against Pettis and proceeds to snatch the lightweight title, he’ll join BJ Penn (lightweight and welterweight) and Randy Couture (light heavyweight and heavyweight) as the only UFC fighters to don belts in multiple divisions.
White didn’t specify if Aldo would be forced to relinquish his featherweight strap if he claims the 155-pound crown. If he’s allowed to keep both monikers, the 26-year-old would be the only Octagon athlete to simultaneously own two buckles.
Aldo is considered by most as the baddest featherweight to ever play the game. The Brazilian owns an impressive 22-1 professional record and is perfect through his past 15 tangos.
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While Anthony Pettis (Pictured) won’t challenge UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo for his crown for another six months, the highly-anticipated shootout is doing its best to hoard the MMA headlines. On Saturday, UFC President Dana White claimed Aldo refused to fight Pettis because he didn’t feel the lightweight top contender warranted a shot at his throne. Fast forward just two...
Jose Aldo has become my new favorite UFC fighter. After months of ridiculous UFC championship fights Aldo has become the first fighter to put an end to this farce and Dana White is not a happy man.
Just two days after UFC President Dana White claimed Jose Aldo refused to defend his featherweight crown against an “undeserving” Anthony Pettis (Pictured), White announced Monday evening the shootout will in fact go on as planned.
“Aldo vs Pettis is ON!!!!!” White tweeted.
White didn’t report why Aldo did an about-face.
The 145-pound scrap takes place August 3rd at a yet...
“Jose Aldo came out and said, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m fighting (Anthony Pettis).’ He’s absolutely refusing to fight Pettis — doesn’t think he deserves the shot. Andre Pederneiras was in England and he sat down with me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and was like, ‘We don’t think he deserves it.’ “What do you mean [...]
Dana White announced this weekend that featherweight champ Jose Aldo refused to fight number one lightweight contender Anthony Pettis after the bout was already announced. Dana gave a not so subtle warning to Aldo through the media saying Aldo will take this fight or not be happy with the consequences. Aldo stated that he did not feel Pettis deserved the title fight and it should...
Just days ago at a post UFC 157 media scrum company President Dana White revealed to us that featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo was flat out refusing to fight top lightweight contender Anthony Pettis. "Showtime" had been granted the immediate shot at 145 after simply sending White a text message asking for it following Aldo's victory over Frankie Edgar in the main event...
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Jose Aldo’s next opponent is ready to rock, this fight can’t happen soon enough. Rumor has it Aldo gets lightweight title shot if he gets by “Showtime”.
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Well that didn’t take too long. Dana White tweeted last night that Jose Aldo will indeed face Anthony Pettis. Not only that, but it will be for Aldo’s 145lb title. White also comfirmed that with a win, Aldo would get a shot at the 155lb title. Many are speculating that the bout will probably take [...]
An interesting featherweight match-up has been officially added to the UFC’s Memorial Day fight card. Jeremy Stephens will be dropping down to featherweight to face the debuting Estevan Payan. UFC officials announced the match-up early Wednesday.
Stephens will be moving down to featherweight after dropping his last three fights as a lightweight. Losses to Yves Edwards, Donald...
Biggest take away from this video is Dana announcing Jose Aldo refuses to fight Anthony Pettis. The boss did not seem very happy about this and it seems pretty safe to say Jose will change his tune. Thanks to MMA Heat for the video.
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