UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo (pictured) ain’t scared, homie. Aldo states he’ll fight freshly-minted UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis any place, any time, at any division.
In fact, “Scarface” will scrap with the UFC’s heavyweight champ if they promotion desires.
“I can fight Cain Velasquez if they want,” Aldo told Brazilian TV show Planeta Nocaute (translated by MMAFighting). “It’s not up to me, I’m not the matchmaker. I want to fight, I’m here to fight. I train everyday to destroy whoever they put in front of me.
“I’m not scared of anyone. They have two arms and two legs, and I will do my best and win.”
After Pettis captured the 155-pound crown at UFC 164 on Saturday, Aldo’s manager, Andre Pederneiras, tweeted they’d be willing to accept Pettis’ call out if he dropped to featherweight to challenge Aldo for his throne.
UFC president Dana White, who admitted he’d be thrilled to arrange the tango, suggested Pederneiras forcing Pettis to hop divisions to fight Aldo, instead of the other way around, shows a sign of fear.
Not true, claims Aldo. The dynamic strikers were slated to headline UFC 163 until an injury forced Pettis out of the featherweight title tilt. Aldo was adamant that Pettis didn’t deserve a crack at his crown since it was his debut fight in the division, but Aldo ultimately agreed when White promised him an immediate shot at the lightweight belt if he beat Pettis.
The offer was yanked after Pettis withdrew.
“[Andre] is absolutely right,” Aldo said. “They forced us to do something and Andre wants something in return. I agree with everything Andre says, and I can fight anyone. Sometimes Dana says things that you better not pay attention. [Dana] knows he promised us things and he knows he has to give us, so that’s why he says those things. We’ll see what happens.”
If the promise to instantly fight for the lightweight title is the primary roadblock from witnessing Aldo vs. Pettis, the Brazilian gets what he wants now that Pettis dons the hardware. Perhaps Aldo is referring to financial compensation?
However, the logjam the potential shootout creates in the lightweight and featherweight divisions if the superfight comes to fruition is likely the UFC’s primary concern.