UFC 156 Results: Anthony Pettis Asks Dana White for Fight with Jose Aldo

Sean SmithAnalyst IFebruary 3, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  Anthony Pettis celebrates after defeating Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

Following Jose Aldo's win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Pettis sent a text to UFC president Dana White asking for a shot at the 145-pound champion with the featherweight belt on the line:

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.

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report.