If one of the superfights we’ve all been waiting for doesn’t materialize at some point this year, then the next best thing will most definitely be the upcoming bout between former WEC lightweight champion and current UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis vs reigning UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Both fighters are known for their extremely creative, explosive, quick and deadly striking, it would be impossible to imagine a situation where this fight wasn’t the best one on any card you could possibly put together.
With that said, many may be questioning Pettis’ motives, especially considering how close he is currently to a shot at the Lightweight title, but in an interview with the New York Post, the former WEC champion had the following to say regarding the drop:
“A lot of things led to my cutting down to 145, I was tired of waiting for a 155-pound title shot.”
“It’s not a permanent weight cut, but a striker like myself and Aldo, it doesn’t really matter what weight class it happens at. It’s going to be fireworks either way.”
The fight between these two unique strikers will go down in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on August 3rd, 2013. Regarding the training leading up to the fight Pettis’ had the following to say:
“It’s impossible to find a training partner exactly like Jose Aldo, otherwise they would be champ too. But the same goes for me. I don’t think Aldo can find a training partner that could emulate my style.”
Aside from the fight itself, the most interesting possible outcome here could be the ability for Pettis to be the first fighter in history to hold both belts. Should he win, not only would it shoot him up the p4p rankings, but you’d bet that everyone at the UFC would be interested in seeing him get his rematch with Benson Henderson, ultimately providing him with the ability to make UFC history.
The missing link here is time. We’ll see what happens and how everything unflolds. But I’m sure you’ll all be paying very close attention to this fight and it’s outcome as the date draws nearer.