With Anthony Pettis booked for TUF 20, what is next for Jose Aldo?


Stop me if you have heard this before: The UFC and Dana White has hyped a potential ‘super fight’ between two champions, but the bout slips through the cracks. Every successive event or media scrum, Dana White is asked about this potential super fight, and his response is less than definitive than the one beforehand.

In the past two years, the UFC has thrown around the words ‘super fight’ more than MMA fans can bare. We have had the potential of Georges St-Pierre vs Anderson Silva, Jon Jones vs Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez vs Jon Jones, Jon Jones vs Chris Weidman, and of course Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis. None of the above fights have happened, and only one has even come close to happening.

At UFC 163, Anthony Pettis was set to drop down to Featherweight to take on the reigning champion, Jose Aldo for the title. Unfortunately, Pettis was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury, and was replaced by Chan Sung Jung. Three weeks later, at UFC 164, Pettis defeated Benson Henderson to become the UFC Lightweight champion. In the post-fight interview, Pettis called out Jose Aldo, stating the two had unfinished business.

It looked like the UFC would cash in immediately. A champion vs champion ‘super fight’ between two of the flashiest, most talented, exciting young fighters in the UFC today almost certainly would draw big PPV numbers. What could possibly stop the UFC from making that matchup? The UFC opted to wait on the bout, and Pettis was set to fight Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9. Unfortunately, Pettis again pulled out due to a knee injury, and he has not been in action since UFC 164.

Aldo returned at UFC 169, defeating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision. The talks of the Anthony Pettis vs Jose Aldo ‘super fight’ resurfaced once again at the post-fight press conference. In fact, Dana White assured the media that the fight would go down. Anthony Pettis even supposedly called Dana during the press conference to agree to the bout.

Three weeks later, and the UFC has booked Anthony Pettis to coach alongside Gilbert Melendez for The Ultimate Fighter season 20. Of course, this means that after the season wraps up, Melendez and Pettis will battle for the UFC Lightweight title. With that news, fans once again must cross off another anticipated ‘super fight’. The question now becomes what is next for Jose Aldo? Does the champion stay at Featherweight, or wait for Anthony Pettis?

The more than likely scenario is that Aldo will stay at Featherweight and face either Chad Mendes or Cub Swanson for the UFC Featherweight title in the next coming months. Considering that Aldo has defeated both Mendes and Swanson, it is likely the UFC will go with the fighter that lost to him back in the WEC, and that is Cub Swanson.

Tags: Anderson SIlva Anthony Pettis Chad Mendes Chris Weidman Cub Swanson Dana White Featherweight Gilbert Melendez Jon Jones Jose Aldo Lightweight TUF 20 UFC