Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
I know that there are plenty of you out there who believe that Frankie Edgar either came out on top or made the fight much closer than the judging scorecards indicated. I scored the fight 49-46 for Aldo, and I thought it was a clear-cut victory.
But as with every other Frankie Edgar fight, there seems to be controversy surrounding the decision. I know the American fans in the arena were furious, while the Brazilian fans were firmly in Aldo's corner.
And believe me when I tell you that the Brazilian contingent made up at least 50% of the audience, especially when you factor in the Brazilian media members who were cheering, clapping and screaming for Aldo (and every other Brazilian fighter on the card).
But I don't think this fight was close, and that's why I would go ahead and forego the traditional Edgar rematch, partially because I think Aldo was the clear victory. But mostly it's because of the news that Anthony Pettis wants to drop to featherweight and challenge Aldo.
Much was made of Aldo vs.Edgar and whether or not it was a superfight. It was to me, but I may be in the minority. But I'm also of the belief that Aldo vs. Pettis is another superfight, perhaps even one of a slightly higher grade than Aldo vs. Edgar.
Pettis is coming off two consecutive finishes in the lightweight division. He's slated to face the winner of Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title. But instead, he's interested in moving down to challenge for the featherweight title.
Aldo vs. Pettis is a fight I thought we'd eventually see, but I figured it would be a few years down the road, and I assumed it would be at lightweight. Instead, we have a chance to both fighters face off in the early stages of their career.
Both men are dynamic strikers, and both are supremely talented in every facet of the game. Aldo might just be the second-best fighter in the entire world.
I feel bad for Ricardo Lamas, who undoubtedly deserves a shot at the title. But when you can make a fight like Aldo vs. Pettis, you do so, and you do it as quickly as you possibly can. Lamas will get his chance at some point; right now, the obvious fight to make is this incredibly intriguing superfight.