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Old 02-25-2013, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)

 
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Win over Pettis for FW title will mean LW title shot for Aldo

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File this development under "Bad Ass."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo wasn't thrilled to learn that Anthony Pettis was gifted a 145-pound title shot with a text message to company president Dana White. In fact, "Scarface" recently told White that there was "no way in hell" he was going to fight "Showtime."

His tune abruptly changed this evening, when White revealed during a Metro PCS fan chat that the deal was "done." Now we might know the reason behind his about-face, according to a recent report.

With a win over Pettis on Aug. 3, 2013, Aldo won't just keep his Featherweight title, but he'll also emerge as the No. 1 Lightweight contender, which is a position that Pettis currently holds. Indeed, Aldo will win exactly what Pettis would have won, a world title and a 155-pound title shot next, making the outcome even for both sides.

If accurate, it makes twisted mixed martial arts (MMA) sense, all things considered.

SportTV.Globo.com was the first to reveal the potential wrinkle, including a comment from Aldo's trainer, Andre Pederneiras, who passed along this message from his fighter:

"I'm getting this over with. They're saying I'm running away, so they're seeing who's running away from whom then! If you guys like beatings, you must buy Aug 3rd PPV because that's what you're getting -- heads will roll!"

Aldo has flirted with a move up to 155-pounds often throughout his UFC tenure, revealing just last year that it was ultimately up to his coach to decide. However, with 12 straight wins at 145-pounds under his belt in stints with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and UFC, including a recent win over former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 earlier this month, perhaps the time is right.

The situation certainly couldn't be more ideal.

Pettis is the rightful No. 1 Lightweight contender behind Gilbert Melendez, who will battle reigning champion Ben Henderson at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20, 2013. However, rather than sit and wait, Pettis was inspired immediately after UFC 156 wrapped to follow in Edgar's Featherweight footsteps -- albeit briefly -- to battle one the the sport's pound-for-pound best.

After all, Aldo is a tougher fight than Henderson, according to Pettis. However, with a loss against Aldo, he may never know if that bold statement is accurate.

Fair is fair.
Shit just got interesting.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow.

Benson vs Aldo would be crazy. It would be interesting to see if Benson being so big could finally take Aldo down and control him....Aldo has fought just about every stud wrestler in the division and had no issue whatsoever...but Benson is damn near a 170lber so maybe he'd fair better.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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SO we can expect to see Bendo vs Aldo Dec 14, in Seattle for Ufc on Fox 9???

Bendo will be the TV champ
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I like this.. Aldo (duckingly) doesn't want to put his belt up on the line for a fight with Pettis.. but Dana offers Aldo an instant LW title shot if he beats Pettis.. good move Mr. White...

Bendo is gonna thrash Melendez.. and this gives Aldo a real reason to fight Pettis because it is a guaranteed shot for him to hold 2 titles at once.

If he refuses now then he is truly scared and a ducker..
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What a mess. Pettis being the number 1 contender in the lightweight division gets a shot at the featherweight title. A featherweight fight determines the next contender for the lightweight title.

What is the UFC up to?

Can't wait to see Aldo get both belts anyway.
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Aldo played it perfectly. He's awesome and going to join Couture and BJ Penn by holding titles in two divisions.
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That's ****ed up... and pretty damn awesome too.

Seriously, what a mess. Are they going to offer the LW title holder a shot at the WW belt if he beats Aldo?
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Aldo played it perfectly. He's awesome and going to join Couture and BJ Penn by holding titles in two divisions.
Except he'll be the only one to do it simultaneously.
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Whilst I love the idea of all these fights, can't help but feel LW and FW are turning into a bit of a circus.
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That is a brilliant way of keeping everyone involved happy, including the fans!
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