Some of you guys are unreal. If your the champion you should be scared of fighting no one,
Their are other reasons to refuse a fight. If you have a guy that's easier to fight who has earned a shot that doesn't mean you are scared it just means to want an easy fight. Another reason is money, Aldo was getting 24 to show 24 to win two fights ago, in this last event he was paid less than Overeem and Rashad. He's getting paid more now but he might feel the UFC isn't properly compensating him.
Aldo should be happy of the challenge because beating Pettis would make him a huge star and up there with the rest of the champions.
Because Faber, Florian and Edgar aren't big stars? People know who he is, he isn't Demetrius Johnson he's been a main eventer for years. Pettis isn't a huge step up, BJ Penn or Matt Hughes might be but Pettis is on the same level as Faber/Florian/Edgar.
What would be the point in Pettis fighting 2 fights first?? He would run through that devision and then next year we would be back in This situation.
He could both move up to LW and not fight Pettis, he could also be 750,000 dollars richer
If Aldo moved to LW ime sure he would of got straight title shot. Aldo need to stop worry about who deserved what, he gets paid to fight and beating top guys would make him more of a ppv draw and a more popular champion with some fans.
IIRC he would move up to fight a champion, not even for the championship. But being undefeated for 8 years and being a contender for the belt dropping down are two very different things. Aldo get's paid to fight, just not paid well and we now know that if a fighter is "too expensive" and on the "downside of their career" they can get cut. The guy that beat Pettis is now in the mix and Maynard is talking about dropping down. I can understand why he feels like the UFC might be persecuting him a bit. Also their is an advantage in seeing if these LW guys who make these huge cuts can both maintain their bodies and make the cuts.
If anything Aldo should be honoured these guys want a crack at him.
The title is honor enough, also don't you think you lose more honor by losing the fights?