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Jose Aldo moving up to lightweight for title-shot if he beats Anthony Pettis

AldoUFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo was vocal in his opposition of Anthony Pettis receiving a title-shot, going so far as to say at one point he wouldn’t square off with “Showtime” based on Pettis’ past success coming in the lightweight division. While Aldo has since accepted the bout, it appears he did so with a guarantee in place making many wonder how sincere his earlier complaints about Pettis truly were.

According to MMAJunkie, UFC President Dana White has confirmed Aldo will move up to 155 pounds if he beats Pettis and challenge for the belt.

The 22-1 Aldo has expressed interest in lightweight for years, as have fans in seeing him compete in the division, but the final decision was always left up to his head trainer Andre Pederneiras. Though the bulk of Aldo’s experience is as a featherweight, it’s hard to doubt his ability to succeed there, already holding wins over a few former 155ers like Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar with another impressive victory potentially on the horizon in the form of top 155-pound contender Pettis.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    This whole thing is making less sense, why would a move up be Aldo’s deciding factor to give Pettis the title shot, when him and his trainer has been saying for awhile that Aldo would rather move down then up, and like MCM pointed out, Aldo made a huge case about how there’s deserving people for the FW belt

  • THEGUNNER says:

    I dont think aldo can hang @ lw. I can see a lot of fighters stoping him. Maynard, diaz, miller, loazon, henderson. I can see pettis beating the same guys I doubt aldo can.

  • MCM says:

    I guess other fighters rights can go to hell when you’ve got the opportunity to be the first ever 2 divisional champion.

    Also hasn’t looked as great as he used to since moving to the UFC, but that may be because the weight cut is getting too much. For all we know he’ll go back to being the destroyer of worlds once he moves up to 155.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Aldo is not beating Pettis

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Aldo & his team made it very clear how they felt about a guy from another division jumping the line for a title shot, and the UFC prez responded in typical fashion by basically suggesting that they go along with it or deal with the consequences. Aldo took his opinion to the public forum, was crystal clear about how he felt, and Dana White shot it down (along with a threat). What the heck is Aldo supposed to do?

    So Bendo will be fighting Gil in April, and the Aldo-Pettis fight won’t happen till about 4 months later (August). So who gets the next LW title shot in the meantime? Are they gonna have the Bendo-Gil winner sit around waiting to see what happens, potentially not fighting again for the rest of 2013?


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