It seems like the UFC might have something that legitimately resembles a superfight on its hands, as Dana White all but confirmed that Jose Aldo's next bout would be a title fight in the lightweight division opposite Anthony Pettis.
At the UFC 169 post-fight press conference, Aldo was asked whether or not he had his sights set on the 155-pound belt following his decisive victory over Ricardo Lamas. While he initially gave the standard, canned "it's up to Dana and Lorenzo" response, when White asked for his input on the topic, he asserted himself in rare form. "I want the fight, the fans want the fight...we are ready for this fight. So let's get this fight," he said.
When the question was followed by discussion over what would happen to the featherweight belt, White took the wheel in the way he usually does when it comes to controlling Aldo, saying, "He would vacate the title, move up to 155, fight for the title." He continued, "If he didn't win the title at 155, he could go back and challenge for the 145-pound title if he wanted to."
The deal was sealed when Pettis sent White a text saying that he accepted the fight.
Obviously, the news is huge.
The lightweight division is in an awkward position when it comes to 155-pound contenders. Benson Henderson continues racking up close wins but owns two losses to Pettis. On-paper top contender TJ Grant is still lingering on the shelf from a 2013 concussion injury. Other potential contenders like Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz both own losses to Henderson.
Meanwhile, the featherweight division is stacked with talent but is in a similar position. Aldo owns wins over all of the top five ranked challengers, but each and every one of them is a legitimately excellent fighter.
That makes Aldo vs. Pettis essentially the best possible fight for both parties.
While the fight is not 100 percent official, it is now far more likely to happen than not. Stick with Bleacher Report for more details as they become available.