UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, and UFC Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis have made it clear about their intent to fight one another, but obstacles have impeded the fight multiple times.
The two were originally set to meet at UFC 163 for Aldo’s Featherweight title, but Pettis pulled out due an injury. Three weeks later, Pettis won the UFC Lightweight title at UFC 164 by defeating Benson Henderson via first round armbar. After that fight, Pettis called out Aldo stating that they have unfinished business. Before Aldo could accept the fight, he was booked against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169.
After Aldo defeated Lamas, it seemed almost certain that Pettis and Aldo would fight next. Instead, the UFC gave Gilbert Melendez a UFC title shot and a TUF coaching position alongside Anthony Pettis. Among the reasons for this decision was Pettis’ nagging knee injury that still needs time to heal and to beef up Gilbert Melendez’s contract during negotiations.
In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Aldo had some choice words for Pettis:
Anthony Pettis talks a lot. He goes to the media and says that he’ll fight me in any division, but then he knows that Dana is not going to have him move down a weight because they want me to give up my belt. Also, I think he’s going to lose to Melendez, so then he’s going to have to move back a little bit, and our time to fight will have gone by.
Pettis likes to talk a lot, but he does very little. So for right now, the plan is for me to stay at 145 pounds and defend the belt because obviously Pettis is going to be on ‘TUF.’ He’ll have all that time while he’s shooting the show, and he already has a fight scheduled with Melendez, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Aldo is not currently scheduled to defend his title anytime soon, but that could change in the coming weeks. It seems with the announcement of Jeremy Stephens vs Cub Swanson headlining the card in San Antonio in June, Aldo will likely rematch Chad Mendes sometime this summer.