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Old 02-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anthony Pettis considering drop to 145 - wants Jose Aldo!

http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/2/3/...enge-jose-aldo

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LAS VEGAS -- Just after the judges' scores were read, announcing Jose Aldo had retained the UFC featherweight champion, Dana White's phone buzzed. He looked down to see a text from Anthony Pettis, who was in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center watching the action.

Pettis, who was coming off a knockout win over Donald Cerrone just last week that had vaulted his name near the top of the lightweight contenders list, had an unexpected but interesting proposal for White: he wants to fight Aldo, and he's willing to drop down to featherweight to do it.

"It didn't cross my mind until he texted me, but it's crossing my mind now," White said with a smile afterward. "I like Pettis."

The offer places Pettis in a unique position; he's effectively angled himself to challenge for the belt at either featherweight or lightweight.

White said he wasn't sure which way things would ultimately break, but it would likely be dependent on timing. It was possible that Pettis could try his hand against the Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez winner, or he could be plugged directly into a title match with Aldo.

Before Pettis' proposal, there was no clear-cut featherweight top contender, but several strong candidates including Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson and Chan Sung Jung.

White said it was his understanding that Pettis, a lifelong lightweight, would have no problem making 145 pounds. The former WEC lightweight champion has reeled off three straight wins since losing his UFC debut to Clay Guida in June 2011.

Fresh off his win over Frankie Edgar, Aldo indicated he would be up for the challenge.

"It's up to Dana but that is an interesting fight," he said through his interpreter. "I train to fight the best. I think to fight Pettis, he's almost there with a title shot in his own division but it would be an interesting fight."
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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This fight would be so damn epic - I really (REALLY) want to see this. My favorite fighter against one of the most exciting strikers in the UFC today. Would be one to watch, that's for sure

Sounded like Dana really wanted this fight to happen last night as well.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It would be a crazy fight, why not?
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You know I've been racking my brain on who would win. This is a very tough fight to call. The edge would be with Aldo simply because of how accustomed he is to the weight class. But they both have serious fire power...Pettis probably even more so since he's proven to have been able to knock out bigger opponents.

If Pettis has a good weight cut and cardio isn't an issue...he could take it due to his reach and vast arsenal. He still has tools that we havn't quite seen yet.

Interestingly enough that would be the third fighter to drop down in weight class to challenge em for the belt.
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Right away when i heard this i thought Pettis takes it - i honestly cant see him losing this one unless his weight cut is a bad one.
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Pettis has a definite next crack at the LW title, potentially against a guy he already has beaten...why risk that and drop a weight class? I'm not seeing the logic here.
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Love it. This would be an insane fight. Love Pettis' attitude as well.
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Pettis has a definite next crack at the LW title, potentially against a guy he already has beaten...why risk that and drop a weight class? I'm not seeing the logic here.

Seems like he was watching at home and saw a really beatable guy out there if he is more sure about beating Aldo than Melendez/Henderson then why not?
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I'd rather see Pettis/Bendo 2. Let Lamas or KZ get the title shot at 145.
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Pettis/Bendo and Aldo/KZ.
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