Pettis Drops Down to 145 to Face Aldo
According to USA Today, Dana White has agreed to Anthony Pettis’ request to drop down to Featherweight to challenge Jose Aldo for a title shot. Dana White indicated that the fight will take place on August 3rd with a location to be determined later.
Pettis, 16-2 in his career, was expected to face the winner of the Gilbert Melendez vs Benson Henderson Lightweight title fight following his quick win over Donald Cerrone. With that title fight taking place in late April, the former WEC Lightweight title holder did not want a lengthy wait for a title shot.
A bout with Jose Aldo should be very exciting with the two combatants known for their outstanding striking which includes utilizing the cage fence for unexpected attacks. In fact, ‘Showtime’ Pettis used such a move to defeat Benson Henderson who is the current UFC Lightweight champion.
Jose Aldo (22-1) used the cage at times during his recent title defence against Frankie Edgar. Aldo won that fight by Unanimous Decision. Experts had tabbed Ricardo Lamas to be the next in line for a shot at Aldo’s title prior to the bigger named Pettis asking for it. Ironically, Lamas defeated Erik Koch, Pettis’ Roufussport teammate, who was scheduled to face Aldo for the title before injuries to Aldo cancelled that fight.