White announced on Tuesday that Aldo had relented, agreeing to face Pettis and that the fight would take place as planned on Aug. 3, and that if Aldo won, he would get a crack at the lightweight title.
On Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight, the UFC president said that if Aldo goes to the 155-pound division that he’d have to stay there. White added that if Pettis defeats Aldo, Pettis would have to say in the featherweight division and defend the title.
“It wasn’t difficult to get the fight. I called (Aldo’s manager) Andre (Pederneiras) yesterday and it took two minutes to get the fight done. He said that after Aldo beats Pettis, he wants to move up to 155 and fight there. I said that was fine, but one of the matchmakers called and said there was a misunderstanding, that he wants to go to 155, win the title, and go back to 145. That’s not happening,” said White.
“If he moves to 155, he stays at 155 and he holds that belt. If Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is going to have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple of times.”
Following Aldo’s recent victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Pettis, the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division, requested the fight with Aldo.
When Aldo and Pettis meet on Aug. 3, it will be two fights in a row that a top lightweight dropped down to the 145-pound division to face the reigning champion, Edgar being the first.