Anthony Pettis expects fireworks against Jose Aldo, plans on moving back to Lightweight


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.


    • cant wait for aldo lost his title to pettis. showtime is the best.

  • It's not a permanent cut – so what happens if he wins? And he was tired of waiting for a 155 shot, but he was going to get one if he didn't call out Aldo. Damn I'm excited for this fight but none of that made any sense.

    • I agree. It's a bit confusing but I think ultimately he didn't want to wait for the Gilbert fight. So instead of him getting the next shot which probably would have happened. Now the winner of Grant and Maynard will. Which I think is stupid.

      Long story short, if he wins I imagine they'd setup the super-rematch with him and Bendo ASAP. I also wouldn't count out defending the Featherweight belt one more time before that happens though.

      • I think his actions make perfect sense, Now he gets an immediate title shot against Aldo, and if he loses he still has his title shot at LW.

        • There's no way that he loses to Aldo and Dana gives him an immediate title shot at 155.

          • I agree completely. He'd have to get at least another win or two in the division.

    • It makes perfect sense… he didnt wanna sit out 6 months (or longer cause he could not predict if Bendo or Gil would be injured after the fight) so he took a fight that made most sense which is aldo.. its one of the pound for pound best and he has the Gold Strap… what exactly doesn't make sense about that??? Also Dana said Pettis would have to defend the belt a couple of times before moving back up…

  • Should be a great fight. I still think it's odd that Petis called Aldo out at all. It was so freaking random. Lol !!!

  • Dumb move on Pettis' part, but then again he is not very bright. I hope Aldo kicks his A$$.