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Old 02-05-2013, 06:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Aldo vs. Pettis officially has a date!

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Two of the most dynamic strikers in mixed martial arts will meet Aug. 3 when Anthony Pettis drops from lightweight to 145 pounds to challenge champion Jose Aldo for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's featherweight title.

USA TODAY Sports learned of the booking from UFC President Dana White on Monday.

"Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds," White said. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight."

White says the company is seeking a venue for the yet-to-be-announced event and sites in Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are under consideration. Aldo vs. Pettis is expected to headline the card.

Aldo (22-1, 4-0 UFC) defended his title Saturday with a unanimous decision win against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar in UFC 156 in Las Vegas. Afterward, Pettis texted White and requested the matchup.

"Aldo is a tremendous fighter," Pettis said. "I have all the respect in the world for his skills. I just want to be one of the best in the world, and the only way to do that is to beat the best."

Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1) is best known for his December 2010 win against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the final event for the now-shuttered World Extreme Cagefighting promotion. In that bout, the fighter nicknamed "Showtime" clinched a decision win by leaping off the cage wall and knocking down his opponent with a flying kick to the face.

After dropping a decision to Clay Guida in his UFC debut, Pettis, 26, has put together a three-fight winning streak that includes back-to-back "Knockout of the Night" wins against top contenders Joe Lauzon and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone 10 days ago.

Meanwhile, Brazilian striker Aldo boasts a 15-fight winning streak and has not lost since 2005. He has earned 11 career first-round stoppages and possesses some of the sharpest, most devastating muay Thai skills in the sport. Still, Pettis, a taekwondo black belt, believes he's capable of upsetting the 26-year-old champ.

"I wouldn't call him out if I didn't really feel confident I could beat him," Pettis said.

Pettis was expected to challenge for the UFC lightweight title this year against the winner of an April championship bout between Henderson and Strikeforce import Gilbert Melendez. However, the Milwaukee native said he wasn't comfortable waiting and instead will face one of the sport's top pound-for-pound fighters.

"It's a superfight, and I want to be a part of these fights," Pettis said.
Source: USA Today
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This fight is gonna be BAD ASS!
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WOWWOWWOW im picking pettis by decision
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This is far FAR too far away

P.s Holy fecking shit cannot wait!!!
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regarding the locations they are looking at rio is my most preferred location but texas would be ok too. I think they really should bring this fight to boston since they haven't been there since that stinker of a card 118 being the only time they went there.
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It's ON! A great fight! Lamas vs. Edgar or Zombie would be nice too, after which the winner gets the champion.
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This will probably be UFC 160 - nothing confirmed yet
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This fight just doesnt make sense for me. Pettis is the Lightweight number one contender to face Ben Henderson... It's disrespectful with the other fighters on Aldo's division.
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lamas vs korean zombie winner gets shot at this fight clearly and that makes sense, hopefully we see pettis vs korean zombie that would also be insane
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Everyone keeps wondering when Aldo will move up and how he will do, hell he keeps fighting 155'ers, I think he will do just fine!
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