Anthony Pettis emerged as one of the top lightweight contenders by beating Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 6, but he now has his sights set on a title in a different division.
Dana says that Anthony Pettis texted him 10 mins ago and said he wants to move down to 145 to fight Jose Aldo at featherweight.— UFC (@ufc) February 3, 2013
Pettis was previously promised a UFC title shot following a win in the final fight in WEC history, but a chain of unfortunate events set "Showtime" back from appearing in a championship fight. Now, it appears title fights in multiple divisions could be in his future should he truly be able to make the cut to 145 pounds.
Though never really considered previously, a fight between Aldo and Pettis is one that would be very highly anticipated by fans who are fully aware of the fighters' capabilities. A matchup between the dynamic strikers would almost be guaranteed a Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night bonus.
Should he beat Pettis, a second straight win over a former Zuffa-promoted lightweight champion would allow Aldo to transition smoothly into the 155-pound division, a move that has been speculated for years now.
Recently, Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung had separated themselves as elite contenders in the featherweight division, but neither of those competitors poses the same threat to Aldo as Pettis does, and there are disagreements around which fighter has the better resume. Should the UFC ultimately decide to match Aldo up with Pettis, Lamas and Jung could square off in the meantime to settle the debate about which one is more deserving of a title shot.
While it came out of nowhere, this fight between Aldo and Pettis suddenly makes all the sense in the world.
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