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Old 02-06-2013, 01:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Pettis: "Aldo is a tougher fight than Bendo"

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Saturday night's news that Anthony Pettis wanted to fight Jose Aldo was so nutty that Dana White nearly didn't reveal it.

When asked at the post-event news conference for UFC 156 what might be next for Aldo, who had just gotten past former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar in the main event, White said he got an interesting request minutes prior.

And after a brief tease, he finally said Pettis had been in touch moments after the fight and wanted to drop from 155 to 145 to challenge the featherweight champion.

It was a scenario that was pretty far off the radar screen – and if a potential fight between Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had been talked about, it was usually in the context of Aldo cleaning out 145 and moving up to lightweight, which he has talked about.

Perhaps the only one who saw the sudden callout coming was Pettis himself. The timing of it was intriguing, to say the least. Just a week before Aldo defended his belt for the sixth straight time with the win over Edgar, Pettis took out Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6. After the fight, White said Pettis would be next in line for the lightweight title after the April 20 title fight between champion Benson Henderson (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF, 0-0 UFC).

So why move down? On the same card as his win over Cerrone, previously anointed top featherweight contender Erik Koch, a Pettis teammate, was taken out by Ricardo Lamas. A Koch win likely would have gotten him a title shot considering he had one before and lost it with an injury, paving the way for Edgar.

"For me, it's been something I've been thinking about for a while," Pettis on Tuesday told "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. "I can make the weight easily. The reason I haven't done it before is Erik Koch – a teammate of mine who was right up there for a title shot. I didn't want to cross paths with him, so I pushed that back a little bit. But after being at the fights (at UFC 156), I thought it was the right idea to call out Aldo. He's at the top of the division. For me, it's just wanting to fight the best."

Pettis already holds a win over Henderson. He won a close unanimous decision at WEC 53 to win that promotion's final lightweight title before moving to the UFC.

If Henderson gets past Melendez in April, it was presumed the rematch would be on with him and Pettis. Instead, Pettis will fight for featherweight gold on Aug. 3.

And for him, he believes he now has a stronger opponent than if he would've been fighting Henderson or Melendez.

"To me, Aldo's a tougher fight," Pettis said. "That's why I asked for it. He's one of those guys going through his opponents like crazy. He just beat the last 155-pound champ. I think Aldo's the tougher challenge for me. I beat Ben Henderson once, and I think I'm going to be doing it again soon. But right now, I think Aldo's the guy that's on the radar."

Pettis said he was unsure what he would do after his first fight at featherweight. It can be reasonably assumed that the UFC wouldn't be in favor of him winning the belt at 145 and then immediately wanting to go back to 155 to look for a title there.

He said he'll deal with that if and when the time comes – but his ultimate goal is the belt at lightweight. Featherweight, it seems, is just a challenge to have while waiting.

"I'm not sure yet (what I'd do)," he said. "I've got to cross those bridges when I get there, but my goal is to become the 155-pound champ."

"Superfight" has been the en vogue term in MMA. Fans have been clamoring for superfights between welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and middleweight champ Anderson Silva, Silva and light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, Jones and anyone at heavyweight. And with Edgar dropping from lightweight for an immediate shot at the featherweight title, and middleweight Chael Sonnen moving up to light heavyweight for an immediate shot at Jones, it seems changing weight classes to go after champions now is commonplace.

But for Pettis, he said it's more about the challenge of the fight than it is necessarily about winning a title – though that certainly would be nice.

"The biggest thing is where he's good at – he's good at what I'm good at," Pettis said. "He likes to stand and trade and bang and I feel like I'm a little more well-rounded and I can offer him a big challenge.

"... This is one of those fights the fans want to see. I'm excited to be part of it. Injuries do happen, but I think this is one of those fights everyone wants to see. August is a long time away, so as long as we train smart, it'll happen."
Source: MMAjunkie.com
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not for Pettis its not

Aldo is amazing striker...but i think he is perfect for Pettis, Henderson would be another really hard fight and i dont know if he has another showtime moment to swing the cards his way.
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I love Pettis, he's just great. Pettis's only weakness is facing a wrestler like Guida so Aldo is a better matchup for him than Benderson I think because Aldo doesn't really grapple at all. If Pettis beats Aldo, I'd like to see him fight Henderson anyway to try and hold both titles simulatenously. By the way he talks, it sounds like he'd be willing to do it, too.
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Really Anthony? Because you had to do some matrix shit to narrowly beat Benson....so does that mean Aldo would beat you?

Seriously though Aldo was swagger jacking Pettis against Frankie I would want to fight him too.

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I agree with him. There is a reason why Aldo is top 5 P4P. And a reason why many people think Bendo lost twice to Frankie.

Pettis would unload on Bendo standing this time around. Completely unload. Could Bendo hug him all fight? Maybe. I feel Pettis has relentlessly worked on that since the Guida fight....although they haven't given him a fight to display it yet.
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With such a dynamic striker I really wonder how a fight with Anderson would look like.

Tough fight for Aldo and Pettis as well. Aldo has better defense (employs a high guard at all times), while Pettis uses his footwork to get out of the way.

I think this fight will be decided by kicks. Either or.
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Really Anthony? Because you had to do some matrix shit to narrowly beat Benson....so does that mean Aldo would beat you?

Seriously though Aldo was swagger jacking Pettis against Frankie I would want to fight him too.

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One of the other rounds he won by hanging onto his back while standing for most of the round doing nothing. Bendo was actually edging him out in most of the action; that is going to be a really tough fight for Pettis to win every time.

I think I like his chances against Aldo even less though. Aldo's striking defense and boxing are vastly superior. I can't remember Aldo ever fighting a guy with really good and powerful kicks like Pettis though. How he deals with that is going to be kind of an unknown; Frankie landed a lot of solid leg kicks on him.
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With such a dynamic striker I really wonder how a fight with Anderson would look like.

30lbs is a big advantage....it wouldnt be pretty
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Gotta wonder how well Pettis could cut to FW.. He's a pretty lean LW. Would certainly be a great fight, or a gloriously short knockout... I'd probably edge towards Aldo just based on experience.
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Gotta wonder how well Pettis could cut to FW.. He's a pretty lean LW. Would certainly be a great fight, or a gloriously short knockout... I'd probably edge towards Aldo just based on experience.
He walks around at around 160, at least that what he says. So he would have a similar cut to Aldo.
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