UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis made the drop down to featherweight for UFC 163 where he will challenge for champion Jose Aldo’s 145-pound belt. Aldo received an immediate title shot with the move, which hasn’t seemed to sit too well for a number of fighters including Aldo himself. Aldo appears irritated that Pettis was able to skip the line and get a title shot before a number of worth contenders in the weight class and his frustration continues to surface.
“I will prove that he should have stayed at lightweight and not drop down,” Aldo said in a translation by MMA Mania. “After the fight, he will regret having fallen down to featherweight. I’m adapted, I always fought here. We have to respect, but here is our world and we will show who we are.”
While Aldo may be upset with the decision to have Pettis get a title shot, it is one that is deserved.
Pettis has been promised a UFC lightweight title since the first time he stepped foot in the octagon. A loss to Clay Guida derailed that shot, but he worked back in to title contention and was overlooked once again.
Now, Pettis will finally get his shot at the lighter division.
Aldo vs. Pettis figures to be one of the most exciting and entertaining matches of the summer when the cage door closes between two of the flashiest and most creative strikers in the sport, so it is definitely one that you will want to tune in for.