Dana White Dismisses Catchweight Talk, Says José Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis Would Be at Lightweight

February 6, 2014
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Jose-Aldo-and-Anthony-Pettis-478x270The potential match-up between current UFC featherweight champion José Aldo and lightweight champ Anthony Pettis won’t happen at any weight other than 155 pounds, UFC president Dana White said on Wednesday night.

After some discussions with involved parties in the deal-making process, White put internet chatter about the fight being a catchweight to rest.

“There’s no disagreement over the weight. They’re going to fight at 155 pounds,” White said on FOX Sports Live. “What would happen is Aldo would have to give up his title, vacate the 145-pound title, and move up to 155.”

A report from a Brazilian news outlet earlier on Wednesday said that Aldo’s coach and manager, Andre Pederneiras, sees a catchweight bout of 150 pounds as “interesting” because both fighters would have to opportunity to keep their belts.

White said he hadn’t read the report, but insisted that he had ironed out whatever problems there were relating to the fight earlier in the day.

The concern, White said, was Aldo worrying about not getting compensated at lightweight the same way he’s been getting paid at featherweight. However, there’s nothing Aldo should be concerned about, he explained.

“I think what Aldo was worried about is that if Aldo moves up to 155 and vacates the title, he wants to be treated like a champion in this fight, which he would be,” White said. “He would be paid like a champion would be paid going into a fight. All the things he gets at 145 pounds as a champion, he would receive. I think that was part of the issue and that was all worked out today.”

White and Aldo said last weekend at the UFC 169 post-fight press conference that a fight with Pettis is something they want to make happen. No announcements were made, however, about when and where the fight would take place.

Pettis is currently recovering from an injury that kept him out of action for the later part of 2013. His return isn’t expected any time sooner than the second half of 2014.

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  • Alex

    Inb4 whining: “OMG, that’s so unfair, why BJ Penn got it”

    LOLOL suck it up Aldo nuthuggers.
    Uncle Dana saves your lazy champ’s health: one more cut to 145, and he would kiss his kidneys goodbye.

    • Jacob K

      It’s true weight cuts hurt the body over time, but you have no idea about the state of his kidneys.

      This setup seems advantageous to Pettis. Maybe it’s Dana saying, Aldo you should be at lw and this is a way to force him into it.
      I don’t think Aldo should vacate though. It’s risky. If he looses he becomes a top five lw after just having been fw champ. Not worth it. Keep cleaning out fw and stay rich.

      • Alex

        LOL actually I DO have the idea about his kidneys, because there was an article couple of months ago about him being in a hospital because of them.

        If he doesn’t step up the competition, he officially a play-it-safer (exactly like he fights recently) and not really has a challenging spirit of a fighter.

        • you

          No you DO not have an idea about his kidney issue. He is not having any Kidney failure issues, he has had “Kidney stones” they are very different, nor is it a precursor to failure… look it up, please, you don’t want to misleading and put out rumors..

          • Alex

            …and Kenny Florian, the guy whose opinion is 1000x more worthy than yours, already said, that it’s an effect of an extreme weight cutting.
            And who knows it better than him, who fought in 4 different weight category.

            Sorry, “you”, if you have problem with the facts, the problem is only yours.
            So deal with it LOL

      • JDMMA

        Aldo walks at 172 lbs whereas Pettis is at 168 lbs, so technically Aldo is bigger than Pettis at natural weight, s yeah he dos cut a tremendous amount of weight