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Dana White won’t let Jose Aldo, Anthony Pettis bounce between divisions

Jose Aldo - UFC 156 Media DayAs reveled earlier this week, UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo will receive a crack at the lightweight title if he’s able to get by 155-pound contender Anthony Pettis in August. However, the explosive Brazilian won’t be back at 145 pounds anytime soon if he hopes to actually hold the belt.

According to UFC President Dana White, neither Aldo nor Pettis will be allowed to move back and forth between divisions if in possession of a championship. The outspoken executive did not go into detail about how the UFC would handle the featherweight gold if Aldo ends up with both straps, but he did make it clear he’ll only be allowed to defend one.

“One of the matchmakers called and said there was a misunderstanding – that (Aldo) wants to go to 155, win the title, and go back to 145. That’s not happening,” said White on UFC Tonight. “If he moves to 155, he stays at 155 and he holds that belt. If Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is going to have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple of times.”

The two are tentatively scheduled to scrap on August 3. Aldo will enter the bout on a fifteen-fight winning streak including wins in the UFC over Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Mark Hominick, and most recently Frankie Edgar. Comparably, Pettis is 16-2 with a trio of consecutive victories to his credit featuring knockouts of Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    Aldo will lose a lw im calling this one. The guys pettis beat @ lw are tougher fights than aldos list of opponents. Dont these guys relize how stupid brandon vera looks after he thought he can get two belts at once.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Agreed Gunner 100%. But Aldo moving up still has a roadblock in front of it by the name of Pettis. He is going to win this fight and rule at 145lbs for a long time

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Dana says this now, but if Pettis wins at 145 and demands a 155 shot and it will sell we’ll see it.
    If Aldo goes to 155 and wins the belt and instantly wants a high profile fight at 145 (Zombie for example) we’ll see that too.


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