UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is welcoming a challenge from lightweight contender Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 despite being a division lighter. Pettis was getting frustrated by continuously being passed up at 155-pounds, so he jumped at the opportunity to have an immediate title shot at 145-pounds against Aldo. Now, Aldo is hoping that he is able to do the same thing if he comes away from the UFC 163 main event victories.
With a win, Aldo is hoping that his fight can be up in Pettis’ original weight class for the 155-pound title. Aldo’s logic is simple. If Pettis can cut in line for a crack at the title in my division, why can’t I do it in his.
“If everyone is cutting in line, I might as well do the same thing … I’d like to move up one division and have an immediate title shot. We took the Pettis fight with this in mind. It’s [set]. Exactly. We put that in (the contract),” Aldo said via MMA Junkie. “It’s black and white. When we accepted the Pettis fight, we brought that up right away. Since everyone wants to cut into our line, let’s cut into theirs too.”
That would be great for Aldo to jump up a division and try to become a title holder in two weight classes, but first he needs to focus on Pettis.
Aldo has looked unbeatable over the course of the past few years, but Pettis is unlike any opponent the champion has ever faced. Aldo usually has a clear striking edge over his opponents, however, Pettis’ unique stand up and his flashy kicks will present an interesting challenge. That doesn’t even mention the cardio of Pettis, while Aldo has had concerns in that area over his past few fights.
Regardless of who comes away from this fight the champion, I would imagine they would like to compete for the 155-pound gold shortly after.
Quite frankly, both of these men are capable of holding the belt in both divisions, so it will be exciting to watch.