Anthony Pettis Accepts Fight with Jose Aldo

Written by Tom Ngo
February 1st, 2014

UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis (pictured) might be nursing a surgically repaired knee that will likely keep him sidelined until July, but that didn’t stop him from trying to arrange his next tango. Shortly after Jose Aldo defended his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169, Aldo called out Pettis.

Less than an hour later, Pettis hit up UFC president Dana White on his flip phone (true story) and said he’s down to scrap with “Scarface.”

Of course, this would be a do-over from the shootout that fell through at UFC 163 when a different knee injury forced Pettis out.

If Aldo does in fact jump divisions, he will have to vacate his 145-pound throne. If he loses to Pettis, he will drop back down to featherweight to try and recapture his title.

Aldo collected his 17th consecutive victory on Saturday night, with the last eight being of the WEC/UFC title defense variety.

Pettis, meanwhile, has rattled off four straight wins. He submitted Benson Henderson in August to capture the UFC lightweight belt. “Showtime” was slated to defend his strap against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10, but withdrew to undergo knee surgery.

The 27-year-old has only fought three times since February 2012.

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