While Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (pictured) won’t challenge UFC featherweight king Jose “Scarface” Aldo for his crown for another six months, the highly anticipated shootout is doing its best to hoard the MMA headlines.
On Saturday, UFC president Dana White said Aldo refused to fight Pettis because he didn’t feel the lightweight top contender “deserved” a shot at his throne. Fast forward just two days and White reported Aldo did an about-face and agreed to fight “Showtime.” An hour after the announcement, White confirmed a victorious Aldo would then get an immediate crack at the 155-pound crown.
After hearing Aldo’s incentives, Pettis naturally wanted to get the “Scarface” treatment if he reigned supreme on August 3. It’s not an absurd request considering he already earned next dibs at the lightweight belt after trouncing Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6.
With so much chatter of division hopping going on, White appeared as an in-studio guest on this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” to clarify the stakes for Aldo and Pettis.
“[Aldo] wants to go to 155, win the title, then go back to 145. I said, ‘That ain’t happening,'” White stated. “If [Aldo] moves to 155, he stays at 155 and he holds that belt. And if Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is gonna have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple times.”
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If Aldo successfully defends his hardware against Pettis and proceeds to snatch the lightweight title, he’ll join BJ Penn (lightweight and welterweight) and Randy Couture (light heavyweight and heavyweight) as the only UFC fighters to don belts in multiple divisions.