So much for the UFC’s Fighter Rankings… One day after releasing each division’s pecking order, which saw Anthony Pettis as the world’s #2 lightweight behind Gilbert Melendez (champions sit atop each list and aren’t included in the rankings), UFC president Dana White announced Pettis will drop to the featherweight division and get an immediate shot at champ Jose Aldo (Pictured).
“Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds,” White told USAToday. “These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight.”
White said the shootout will go down August 3rd at a yet-to-be announced venue. Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are all under consideration.
Pettis requested a shot at Aldo’s throne minutes after the Brazilian posted a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 on Saturday. “Showtime” was set to face the winner of the April 20th bout between lightweight champ Benson Henderson and Melendez, but the 26-year-old decided he didn’t want to ride the pine that long to sniff his first championship affair in the big leagues.
Pettis has won seven of his past eight contests, including three straight. He’s finished his last two victims in highlight reel KO fashion.
Aldo, meanwhile, is considered by most as the baddest featherweight to ever play the game. “Scarface” will be riding a 15-fight winning streak into the much anticipated tango.
In case you were wondering, Chad Mendes was rated #1 and Ricardo Lamas at #2 in the UFC’s Featherweight Fighter Rankings. Mendes recently lost to Aldo so some expected Lamas to get next dibs. Sorry, Ricardo…