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Featherweight king Jose Aldo must be wondering why these lightweights think they can beat him. After defending his crown against former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Anthony Pettis (Pictured) texted UFC president Dana White and said he was willing to give up his lightweight top contender spot for a shot at “Scarface.”
Pettis finally secured an opportunity at the lightweight title only one week ago by steamrolling Donald Cerrone, so White never considered him as a potential opponent for Aldo. Now that “Showtime” has thrown his name in the hat, not only is White intrigued by the idea, but Pettis might leapfrog the line just like Edgar did.
“It didn’t cross my mind until he texted me, but yeah, it’s crossing my mind now,” an excited White admitted following Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “I like it. I like Pettis, man. I like Anthony Pettis.”
Much like Edgar, White says Pettis is a tad thin to be competing at lightweight so it wouldn’t take much for him to shed an additional 10 pounds. If that’s the case, it’s one less obstacle to worry about.
“I had heard before this he doesn’t cut weight for [155 pounds],” White said of Pettis. “Like, doesn’t cut weight at all, that he could make [145 pounds] easily – which is shocking to me because he looks like a big kid when I see him in person.”
If Pettis is given the green light to drop a weight class, where does that leave “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas, the featherweights most believed were battling for next dibs at Aldo’s throne? Well, speaking of fighting each other…
“If [Pettis] went down and fought [Aldo], you’d do the Zombie and Lamas. But Zombie’s hurt, Zombie’s out [probably until May],” White said in closing.
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