After finally securing his ever elusive shot at the UFC lightweight title, Anthony Pettis (Pictured) did the unimaginable. He decided to drop to 145 pounds, a weight he admitted he hasn’t hit in “a while,” and request a tango with featherweight king Jose Aldo.
If reigning 155-pounnd champ Benson Henderson successfully defends his crown against Gilbert Melendez on April 20th, it would have opened the doors to one of the most anticipated rematches the division has ever seen. Is Pettis scared, homie?
Not likely, since he holds the ultimate trump card with his highlight reel “Showtime Kick” to take the WEC title from Henderson. Pettis believes he’s the best fighter hovering around the 145-155 pound range and he wants the opportunity to prove it.
“To me, Aldo is a tougher fight – that’s why I asked for it,” Pettis revealed on UFC Tonight. “He’s one of those guys who has gone through his opponents like crazy and he just beat the last 155-pound champ. Aldo is definitely a tougher challenge for me.
“I’ve beaten Benson Henderson once and I think I’m going to be doing it again soon, but right now Aldo is the guy on my radar.”
Pettis was front and center in his dapper red suit scouting Aldo as he took a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar this past weekend. After jotting down some mental notes, Pettis concluded he possesses the arsenal to beat the baddest featherweight in bare feet.
“The biggest thing is where he’s good at,” Pettis said of what he observed the most from Aldo. “He’s good where I’m good. He likes to stand and trade and bang, and I feel like I’m a little more well-rounded and I can offer him a big challenge.
“After being at the fight, I thought it was the right idea to call out Aldo. He’s at the top of the division. He’s probably one of the best guys in the 145-150 pound range. For me, it’s just wanting to fight the best.”
Pettis challenges “Scarface” for his strap on August 3rd.