Originally written February 26, 2013 on 5thRound.com:
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 days and White reported Aldo did an about-face and agreed to fight “Showtime.” An hour after the announcement, White confirmed a victorious Aldo would then get an immediately crack at the 155-pound crown. After hearing what was at stake for Aldo, Pettis naturally wanted to get the “Scarface” treatment if he was victorious on August 3rd. It’s not an absurd request considering he already earned next dibs at the lightweight belt after trouncing Donald Cerrone at UFC 156. However, with so much talk of division hopping going on, White appeared as an in-studio guest on this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight to clarify the stakes for Aldo and Pettis. “[Aldo] wants to go to 155, win the title, then go back to 145. I said, ‘That ain’t happening,’” White stated. “If [Aldo] moves to 155, he stays at 155 and he holds that belt. And if Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is gonna have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple times.” Get it? Got it? Good!
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