The MMA world has been turned upside down; as it was announced by the UFC that lightweight division standout, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, will in fact make the drop down to featherweight to fight the 145 pound kingpin, Jose Aldo. The news was first reported by USA Today who received the word directly from Dana White.
This comes as a bit of a shock, because Pettis is the number one contender in the lightweight division. The fight came about rather quickly as Dana White mentioned at the post fight press conference for UFC 156, that Pettis had text messaged him showing interest in a potential fight with Aldo.
Three days later and we now have confirmation that Jose Aldo will be putting his Featherweight Championship on the line against Anthony Pettis at an unnamed event on August 3rd. There is, however, no venue for this event as of yet. The word is that venues in Rio, Chicago, Texas, and Las Vegas, are all under consideration.
What makes this fight amazing is the fact that Pettis is a better striker than anyone that Aldo has ever fought. Pettis will also have a size and reach advantage.
Pettis is coming off a brutal liver kick finish of perennial contender, Donald Cerrone. By contrast, Aldo is coming off of a hard fought, and somewhat controversial unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar.
Although this fight coming together is a reason to celebrate, it does come at the expense of Ricardo Lamas, who earned his shot at Aldo with his destruction of Pettis’ teammate, Erik Koch. With all due respect to Ricardo Lamas; this is the right fight to make. As a die-hard fan of this sport, I cannot wait to see this fight play out.