José Aldo Likely Vacating Belt to Challenge Anthony Pettis for UFC Lightweight Title

February 2, 2014
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Jose-Aldo-and-Anthony-Pettis-478x270UFC president Dana White, featherweight champion José Aldo, and lightweight champion Anthony Pettis all see eye to eye and are aiming to make a super-fight.

Aldo and White said at Saturday’s UFC 169 post-fight press conference that a fight between the two divisional champions is the fight they want to make next, with White saying Pettis has agreed to the proposed match-up.

“So Anthony Pettis just called,” White said. “He said he absolutely, 100-percent wants the Aldo fight and he’ll take it.”

Aldo completed a mostly one-sided performance with his win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169. His display of dominant striking techniques, combined with his previous outstanding performances in the 145-pound division give most the indication that a style match-up with Pettis would be an easy sell for the UFC.

Aldo said he would fight Pettis immediately if given the opportunity.

“I’m ready. I’ve always been ready. I want the fight. Everybody wants the fight,” he said. “If the fight was tonight, I would fight him. It’s up to the UFC and Dana.

“We’re ready to fight, so let’s get this fight.”

Pettis is currently sidelined with an injured knee and his return to fighting won’t take place any time before the second half of 2014. Upon the lightweight champ’s return, White and company desire a tilt between him and Aldo, which White described as something that “doesn’t suck.”

“I’ve been talking about that fight. I like that fight. I like Jose at 155,” White said. “I think the weight cut’s much easier for him. But again, I’ll throw it back at him. At the end of the day, if he wants, he’s the king at 145. If he wants to move to 155, I think it’s a huge fight with Pettis. It doesn’t suck.”

While a champion-versus-champion UFC super-fight has been done in the past, White said that wouldn’t be the case with Aldo and Pettis. Aldo would relinquish his, allowing for a vacant 145-pound title fight two other featherweights. If lightweight doesn’t end up being a favorable stay for Aldo, White said the fighter is free to drop right back down to the weight class that he’s dominated for several years.

“He’ll vacate the title, move up to 155, and fight for the title,” White said of Aldo. “If he doesn’t win the title at 155, he can go back and challenge for the 145-pound title if he wanted to do that, or if he wins the 155-pound title and two other guys would fight for the 145-pound title.”

Most of the MMA world was excited about the news of a potential super-fight, with the exception of one guy: Benson Henderson.

The former lightweight champion recently won a controversial split decision over Josh Thomson at the last UFC on FOX event, but didn’t do enough to convince White and UFC brass that he deserved a shot at the title.

In a cryptic tweet, Henderson seemingly wasn’t happy about the news, letting his feelings be known on Twitter.

“U gotta be kidding me?!…my mama taught me to be a better man n keep my mouth shut if I don’t have anything nice to say, I’m out #UFC169,” Henderson wrote.

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  • Kenny Powers

    Why would Aldo have to vacate the belt before the fight? Why cant he just challenge Pettis and if he wins, then vacate the belt, but if he loses he should be able to keep the FW strap. BJ challenged GSP w/out vacating, so did Anderson at 205. And Bendo needs to keep his mouth shut for now, you lost to Pettis twice and Thomson, theres no title shot in your near future.

    • Alex

      Don’t you compare Aldo and Penn.

      Penn is a freaking WARRIOR, he was always open to fight in ANY weight classes, he even fought freaking MACHIDA in the openweight.
      Plus, he has already been a WW champ before, beating Hughes in the first round – back when everyone thought that Hughes is the best P4P fighter on the planet.

      Aldo is 0-1 at lightweight, he tried it once and got immediately beat by Azevedo – who is not that big of a lightweight.
      He cuts for 145 so hard that his freaking kidneys start to fail him.
      He doesn’t deserve to have 2 titles, he needs to fight in a category where he truly belongs right now – LW.

      • Kenny Powers

        I don’t even know where to begin with you. First of all, who’s comparing Aldo to Penn? I’m just saying he challenged GSP w/out giving up his LW title, so why should Aldo? I’m also not saying I want Aldo to hold 2 belts, I’m saying he shouldn’t have to vacate before the fight. If he wins, then vacate and stay the LW champ, but if he loses, he shouldn’t have to fight to get his belt back and lose his streak. He also lost to Azevedo almost 10 years ago at 19 years old, pretty sure he’s gotten a little better since then. Lastly, who the hell are you implying that Aldo’s not a warrior and doesn’t deserve anything? BJ Penn was a pioneer of the sport and one of the GOATs, and Aldo is already the greatest FW of all time and P4P one of the best ever, so don’t bad mouth people who have accomplished more in one day than you have in your entire life, Alex.

        • Alex

          I don’t bad mouth Aldo, I just gave a perfect reasoning why Penn deserved double belt and Aldo didn’t.

          Aldo is a nice fighter, but he’s not a warrior like BJ. Had he been like BJ, he would’ve fought @155, but he prefers to cut his weight up until he finds himself in a hospital.

          But it’s OK – BJ is a rare breed.
          I know it. Dana White knows it.
          You just don’t seem to realize it, because you’re slow. Deal with it LOL

          • justin e

            Penn was crazy talented but he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as aldo.

          • Alex

            Right.
            When Aldo wins the Mundials while being less experienced than any other participant;
            when he fights a close fight against someone 3 weight categories above him;
            when he fights 27 fights in 4 different weight categories without getting knocked down even once;
            when he beats the P4P best fighter in MMA – then you can mention him in the same sentence with BJ Penn, the legend of the sport.

          • toom

            aldo is better now then penn ever was not the bj wasnt an unbelievable fighter but you cant honestly say someone deserves two belts and some one else doesnt thats retarded

          • Alex

            Now write the same thing, but with the help of paragraphs and punctuation.
            Then maybe I’ll pay attention to your blabbering.

          • toom

            your talking about bj should be able two hold to belts and aldo shouldn’t and I’m the one that’s blabbering and do you honestly think I care about my internet grammar

          • Alexa

            Sorry, I don’t speak Justinbiberian.
            Talk to me when you hit puberty.

          • Marcus Miles

            Alexa, you sound like a straight up BITCH yo!!

          • Alex

            …so I sound exactly like your momma?

          • Marcus Miles

            Hahahahahaha yeah you do, but she can have a debate without talking shit to everyone who disagrees with her. You have to be better at disses than that Alexa. Talking about someones mom is so old. I learned how to ignore that shit in the 90’s when i was in grammar school.

          • toom

            Ok dance around the fact you can’t justify saying someone deserves two titles idiot

          • bjjpitbull

            I’m on a phone with a broken screen. Still the facts are right and every thing u said is wrong!!!!!!!

          • Alex

            LOL what a desperate whining

          • bjjpitbull

            ^ I see your a huge bj fan!!! and yet don’t even know he lost bye strikes by gsp and Mattd FYI HE never won he placed silver as a blue belt. So not impressed never compare aldo to bj penn was a millionaire when he grew up aldo is a true rags to riches aldo is the warrior not penn

          • Alex

            LOL he actually WON the Mundials back in 2000, and silver medal he got BEFORE that.
            Check your facts before speaking, boy.

            Plus, what does his money have to do with anything?
            Why does it bother you?
            Money didn’t make him what he is – if you believe it, you’re probably a failure in a real life.

          • Kenny Powers

            Once again, who is comparing Aldo to BJ? And who is saying they want Aldo to hold double belts? I said he shouldn’t have to vacate his FW belt just to fight one fight at LW, but you dont seem intelligent enough to comprehend that so im done. FYI, im from Hawaii so you dont need to convince me on how rare of a breed BJ Penn is, I witnessed it first hand.

          • Alex

            And I said, again – Aldo SHOULD vacate his title, unlike Penn, because, unlike Penn, he doesn’t deserve to hold two titles simultaneously.

            And it won’t be ONE fight in LW, because Aldo will have to move up.
            He’s not Penn and he won’t have a luxury to hold two titles simultaneously. They won’t give him a chance to do that, and rightfully so.

          • Marcus Miles

            Why not??? He is a fighter just like everyone else. He is a humble champ that comes in and puts on a good fight. He isnt BJ but BJ also isnt Aldo.

          • Alex

            What BJ deserved, Aldo didn’t.
            And it has nothing to do with his humility.

            He has a chance to fight for the title in different divisions, it’s more than enough honor for him.

          • Kenny Powers

            You’re so retarded it baffles me.

      • drkdisciple

        Penn is indeed a warrior…the kind of warrior that showed up out of shape to most of his recent fights. A warrior that stopped taking the sport seriously many years ago! But I will give you this, he was indeed fearless and willing to take on anyone regardless of the weight.

        • Alex

          LOL proof that he was “out of shape”, and “stopped taking the sport seriously”.

          He’s been in the sport since 2001 and you’re talking out of your ass.

          • drkdisciple

            1-4-1 since 2010, 6-7-1 since 2006, stats of a true legend that takes the sport very seriously. Obviously you and not talking out off your ass and obviously you are not a BJ nut hugger!

          • Alex

            And how does that record show that he “doesn’t take sport seriously”?
            How can you see it from the record?

            Oh, wait, I know the answer – you’re the kind of guy that looks only on statistics without watching the fights, or without considering the level of opponents.

            Watch these fights son, learn a thing or two about that opposition of his, then come back to me.

          • drkdisciple

            Dude did you watch any of his recent fights? The BJ Penn from 2001 is not the same man that has been fighting since 2006. Dana White for 1 has accused him of not training enough. Look at how he gassed in his recent fights. Is that the sign of someone in shape? Look at his muscle definition or lack of it. Plus don’t compare his record of 16-9-2 with Aldo’s 24-1 (including 8 title defenses)

          • Alex

            I told you to come back to me after you watch his fights, why didn’t you listen to me?
            I said “WATCH FIGHTS”, I didn’t say “Watch wikipedia and Dana White’s interview”.

            You haven’t done your homework, son.
            Go back to your room.

          • drkdisciple

            lol Anyways I don’t think there is any reasoning with a blind BJ fan still living in 2001. This will be my last reply to you.

            Oh yeah “watch wikipedia”? what time is it on? What channel?

          • Alex

            Well, I understand that it hurts for you to admit that BJ Penn has deserved more in MMA than Aldo.
            You’re so butthurt that you try to make something about Penn’s recent statistics to somehow justify your pathetic claims, but every intelligent MMA fan knows that without actually watching fights, the statistics ain’t worth crap – and you don’t watch them, we already understood that.

            Penn had a title fight in WW while being a LW champ, and Aldo won’t get such an honor, because UFC officials see it the way I do, and it’s the right way.
            You’re going to deal with it and swallow it like a good girl that you are :)

  • JDMMA

    Pettis: I m ready, DON’T know about my knees though !!!

  • Injury prone

    Who cares pettis will get injured B4 the fight N it won’t happen so I’d hold off on giving up the tittle.

  • Marcus Miles

    Why cant he hold the belt while going back and forth between divisions? I understand if he leaves the division for a long time but if its just for a fight with pettis, i dont understand. There is only ten pounds between divisions. I have heard Aldo walks @180lbs and makes 145 no problem. So if he fights at lightweight, the cut isnt as bad and after the fight, he takes some time off, regroup and can fight at 145 since thats what he does anyways.
    .

    • Aimed With “V”

      Actually, he had problems with his kidneys recently, as a result of a big weight cut…

    • Seth

      Go and make 35lbs weight cut 2-3 times a year and see if thats great feeling. Weight cut is NEVER “no problem”, unless you are Frankie Edgar at 155 and your weight cut is one grappling session to lose 1lb. Going back-and-forth would be even worse for Aldo. He’s weight cut was never good, that’s why he has cardio issues. At 155 he should be waaaaay better. Can’t wait for his debut there

  • brad king

    Aldo was dominate as usual. Poor Lamas he was so outclassed. Maybe Lamas can drop to 135 and get a title shot. Kenny Powers, Anderson didnt fight for title at 205. FYI

    • Kenny Powers

      Yea i know that, but regardless you shouldn’t have to vacate your title before one fight in another division, that decision should be made after the fight.

  • Dishnitup

    Why cant Aldo hold belts in 2 weight classes?

    • archaictext

      That’s what I was thinking, but then you need twice the amount of rest time between title fights, if you see what I’m saying. While the normal champion fights maybe twice a year, that means that there would only be 1 title fight per year for each weight class. Unless of course they would make Aldo fight more than the usual champ has to.

  • Dragon Kid

    Book It

  • archaictext

    Wow, you like to think about these guys doing gay stuff a lot.

  • Seth

    Someone should give Bendo some aloe vera..anyone has some to spare with him?

  • otto

    A leg kick extravoganza, going against conventional wisdom here and picking pettis in this one

  • otto

    Im choosing Pettis bc its Aldo who’s moving up bc hes stuffed with making wieght, not bc he wants the LW belt, if thats what he wanted, he would have fought there a while ago, its the wieght thats his biggest challenge, now its AP, head kick ends this one in brutal fashion

  • Envel707

    This fight makes sense but is it really a super fight? Frankie vs Aldo was for sure, but pettis hasn’t even defended his belt once yet and has been beat in the ufc by clay guida. He’s good but I’d like to see this fight when he has cleared out a couple guys atleast, Aldo has destroyed everyone while pettis’ top two victories are over the same guy in benson

    • John Bunch

      I do want to see the fight but you make solid points.

    • Maddawgmar

      Agree, this isn’t a “super fight”… Pettis needs to clear out his division before this is considered a “super fight”. A Super Fight would have been GSP/Silva, Silva/Jones. The only Super a Fight I see out there is Cain/Jones.

  • JDMMA

    Why is Henderson upset? He’s not next in line anyways,,, he neds to fight Nurmagomedov and BEAT him in a convincing manner,,, no more split decisions

  • JDMMA

    UFC can also do 2 bracket fights (Swanson vs Mendes) and (Edgar vs Penn) winners fight for 145lbs championship

  • some dude

    About time!!! Wanted to see this over any other proposed “super fight”. These two dudes really are 2 of the best P4P. Jones don’t like that he can suck on a lemon.

  • John Bunch

    Please ban based on sheer stupidity.