Dana White: Jose Aldo Refusing to Fight Anthony Pettis

Written by Tom Ngo
February 24th, 2013

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According to UFC President Dana White, featherweight king Jose Aldo (Pictured) is trying to pull the Anderson Silva card. Following Saturday’s UFC 157 post-fight press conference, White revealed Aldo is refusing to defend his throne against a UFC-mandated opponent.

Unfortunately for Aldo, White is pulling the boss card, which we all know trumps any and all cards known to mankind, by stating Aldo will fight whoever he tells him to, so get ready for Anthony Pettis.

“Jose Aldo came out and said, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m fighting Pettis,’” White stated. “He’s absolutely refusing to fight Pettis. [He] doesn’t think he deserves the shot.”

So, should our Arianny Celeste calendars still be circled on August 3rd to see “Scarface” vs. “Showtime” or what?

“That fight’s on,” White deadpanned. “[Aldo's] going to fight Pettis or he’s not going to like how this is going to turn out.”

Silva started this trend after he was told to grant Chael Sonnen a rematch after submitting the chatty challenger. To the surprise of nobody, White ultimately got his way and arranged the most anticipated middleweight sequel in MMA history when Silva vs. Sonnen II went down last July.

Aldo has rattled off 15 consecutive victories, a torrid run that started in May of 2006. After sitting front and center watching the Brazilian defend his crown against Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Pettis, who had just earned next dibs at the lightweight title one week earlier, texted White and requested a tango with Aldo.

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