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Jose Aldo refusing to fight Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis - UFC on FOX 6 WorkoutsThe prospect of a featherweight fight between UFC champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis left most fans salivating after the bout was announced earlier this month. However, things have since been put on hold after Aldo’s camp came to the conclusion Pettis didn’t deserve the honor based on the lightweight contender’s lack of experience at 145 pounds.

UFC President Dana White spoke about the matter to media after UFC 157, revealing Aldo’s coach/trainer approached him last week in London during the festivities for UFC on Fuel 7 to relay the news.

“It’s like if Aldo wanted to move up to 155, we’re gonna say he’s not the #1 contender? What are you talking about,” asked White rhetorically in response to the ridiculousness of the claim.

The outspoken executive continued on to say Aldo was open to other adversaries but was “absolutely refusing to fight Pettis,” adding a thinly veiled threat towards the Brazilian’s team in case they’d forgotten who was in charge of the company.

“No, that fight’s on – he’s gonna fight Pettis or he’s not gonna like how this turns out,” White coldly concluded.

The 22-1 Aldo is coming off a decision win over Frankie Edgar, also a former lightweight who hadn’t fought at featherweight before the bout. Meanwhile, Pettis has won seven of his last eight efforts and is currently on a three-tilt run. He and Aldo are tentatively scheduled for action in early August though this recent development could throw a wrench in those plans despite White’s present displeasure with the title-holder’s approach.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I hope Dana keeps his word on this one, it’s annoying how champs think they can pick and choose who you fight, that’s not how it works, you’re the champ so you fight whoever is #1 contender, that’s how it works. Although it does get murky when the UFC starts throwing in #1 contenders that are coming off loses, and completely ignoring rankings, but still.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Jose is scared to lose he hasnt looked good in the ufc yet mendez was barely considred a ufc fighter @ the time of their fight. Hes been getting decesion after decision and knows he ll have to finish pettis which isnt gonna happin.

  • RicM says:

    Aldo is scared, case closed……he knows Pettis is a former WEC champ, with a highlight reel of “wow, that was awesome!” moves. Jose knows he’ll get his ass handed to him in this one……

  • MickeyC says:

    Start runnin scareface!

  • THEGUNNER says:

    This isnt high school u cant just not want to fight.

  • Niv says:

    I’m a little shocked at Aldo’s stance here. I doubt as a high end fighter he is scared of anyone, but I do believe his management is.

    They see what most fans see here, a dynamic striker who at the very least is the equal of their champ and is the most threatening match-up they’ve ever faced to date.

    I truly hope Dana White sticks to his guns and makes this fight happen.

  • MCM says:

    I actually agree with Aldo.
    Diaz, Chael, and Edgar were/are all undeserving of title fights. And yet they all are/were fighting for a belt. I’d say it’s a completely appropriate stance…..except he just fought Edgar. So… house and stone I guess.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    sounds like someone is pulling a Mayweather


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