After watching Frankie Edgar fall short against reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo at UFC 156, an unlikely contender emerged as Aldo’s next potential opponent.
UFC president Dana White revealed during Saturday’s post-fight press conference that former WEC lightweight champ and 155-pound UFC top contender Anthony Pettis (Pictured) is willing to shed 10 pounds and challenge Aldo for this crown.
“It will be very interesting,” White stated. “Anthony Pettis said, ‘I want to move to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.’ He just texted me 10 minutes ago.
“So I got to talk to him and talk to [Team Aldo] and see what happens.”
Pettis is one week removed from steamrolling Donald Cerrone at “UFC on FOX 6” to earn the right to face the winner of champ Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight belt. However, that tango isn’t scheduled to go down until April 20th, so that would keep Pettis sidelined until at least the summer.
“Showtime” clearly isn’t interested in waiting that long to sniff a championship affair and is willing to go on a strict diet in order to get one.
Aldo has rattled off 15 consecutive victories, a torrid run that started in May of 2006. “Scarface” had no comment when told Pettis wants next dibs at his throne.