Directly after Bruce Buffer announced that Jose Aldo had won a unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis who was in attendance immediately felt the need to text UFC President Dana White sharing his sudden desire to move down to 145 and challenge Aldo for the title immediately.
Interestingly enough, Dana White seems to think so as well. In the UFC 156 Post-fight Pressser he shared the following information with the media and stated his thoughts on the idea:
"It didn't cross my mind until he texted me, but it's crossing my mind now. I like it, and I like Pettis."
After sharing the information, the media pressed Jose Aldo further on the subject looking to get his thoughts:
"It's up to Dana, but it's an interesting fight. I train to fight the best. I respect them all. I think Pettis is close to a title shot in his own division."
With all of that said, as a fan, the fight could be seen as even more intriguing than the one that just took place. Two unpredictable and notoriously violent, precision strikers facing off in the octagon? That’s the kind of fireworks any fan would pay top dollar to see.
And just in case you’re wondering. Pettis’ training camp claims he barely cuts weight as it is and could make the 145 mark with ease. In fact the idea makes a lot of sense from a timing perspective, given that Pettis’ has to wait for Gilbert Melendez and Benson Henderson to fight first anyway.
If all goes his way, we could very well see Pettis fighting for two belts this year and potentially winning both. Wouldn’t that be something to behold. The odd man out getting the inevitable short end of the stick however would be the recently impressive Featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas. Personally, I think that the possible #1 contender match with Chang Sung Jung would be a perfect ying to the yang for the winner of the potential Pettis/Aldo matchup.
We’ll just have to wait and see how everything pans out, but keep checking back to your favorite MMA news site for further updates.