Jose Aldo Shifts Gears, Agrees to Put UFC Championship on the Line Against Anthony Pettis

February 25, 2013
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Aldo-UFC-136-460x270UFC president Dana White was battling tremendous technical difficulties during his Monday night MetroPCS online chat on UStream, but did manage to get a little bit of official business done in the mean time.

White relayed that he spoke with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s manager and trainer, Andre Pederneiras, who confirmed that Aldo had agreed to fight Anthony Pettis on Aug. 3 as originally planned.

“The Aldo/Pettis fight is done,” said White. “The fight is on. The fight is done, in August.”

White put the screws to Aldo when, following the UFC 157 post-fight press conference, he revealed to a group of reporters that Aldo was refusing to fight Pettis because he didn’t feel like Pettis, the No. 1 lightweight contender, deserved a shot at his belt immediately upon dropping down to featherweight.

“André Pederneiras was in England and sat down with me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and said we don’t think he deserves it,” White said late Saturday night. “Well, he might be the number one guy at 155 (pounds), but how does that make him the number one (at 145 pounds)?

“Are you out of your (expletive) mind? Are you serious? Did you seriously just ask me that question? It’s like if Aldo wanted to move up to 155, are we going to say he’s not the number one contender? What are you talking about?”

White made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t happy with his champion’s stance.

“He’s going to fight Pettis or he’s not going to like how this turns out.”

Fans took to various social media platforms, most backing White, thrashing Aldo for not wanting to take the fight.

Aldo apparently took that to heart and reconsidered.

Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight championship against Anthony Pettis on Aug. 3 at a venue and location as yet to be determined.

UPDATE: Jose Aldo promised UFC lightweight title shot with victory over Anthony Pettis

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  • Christina

    Aldo likes receiving a paycheck.

  • SPIDER

    Aldo is a great fighter, one of the best, but i think Pettis win

  • Michael Bautista

    I still feel Pettis doesn’t deserve it but at the end of the day, Aldo is a champ and generally speaking, (IMO) champs should take on all comers regardless of personal opinion.

    • Ian Price

      Pettis more than deserves it. He was dry humped once recently. Think Chael vs Anderson I, but without the miracle triangle armbar at the last minute. Other than that, Pettis has been smashing his opponents, and quite violently. Other than the Guida dry hump, his only other loss was a split decision against Palaszewski 4 years ago. He’s beaten many of the top LW fighters. Dangerous guys, like Cerrone, Bendo, Lauzon and Stephens.

      • Michael Bautista

        I must (respectfully) disagree; Sonnen/Silva prt 1 was anything but a “humping” contest. and no, Stephens was not a top 10 LW when he beat him. Cerrone, yes and Lauzon was just outside. how do you disregard the Guida loss? you can’t do that. unspectacular or not, it’s a loss in a bout he was favored in.

    • disqus_Jae6OP6357

      So Aldo should be forced to fight Jon Jones if Jones calls him out and says he can cut 60 lbs?

      • Supaman

        yes. b/c Jones will have to chop off an arm & leg to do it.

  • Anthony Lopez

    How is it the same when Pettis, who is possibly the number one contender at lightweight is just that, a contender. Jose Aldo has ran his division for years now. Totally different, Dana White can be a complete ar-tard sometimes

    • Michael Bautista

      Let’s make one thing clear, the only reason I’d humor this match up is at least Pettis is winning. Calling Dana White retarded is off-base, this is no different than if some other well known fighter who competed elsewhere got an automatic title shot upon arrival.

      • disqus_Jae6OP6357

        And why should they? Why should anyone get a direct title shot? Pettis was champ of the WEC, which has been defunct for 2 years. He struggled from day 1 in the UFC. Now we should have blind faith that he can make 145 and give one of the UFC’s most dominant champions a run? And that he’s not just trying to escape a Bendo rematch? NO WAY. Stay in your own division and do the work that’s in front of you. After you’ve defended a world title a half dozen times, then maybe you can think about writing your own ticket.

        • RoBeRtOe

          Pettis has been struggling since day one in the UFC??? Minus Clay, which was a piss poor win, i’d say you have NO idea what you’re talking about.

          • Michael Bautista

            Took the words right out of my mouth, minus the latter.

        • Cptmats

          Wow, stupidest comment ever !

        • Michael Bautista

          I totally get (and some aspects agree) what you’re saying but my response takes into consideration that the title shot has been given. Just trying to rationalized it for you all.

      • Anthony Lopez

        I’m not arguing that Pettis shouldn’t get a title shot. I’m simply saying that comparing Aldo and Pettis like they’re in the same situation makes no sense. One is a long reigning champion, one is a challenger with a few wins in a row. Saying “If Aldo deserves a title shot at lightweight, then Pettis deserves a title shot at featherweight” makes absolutely no sense and is based on no logic whatsoever.

    • Supaman

      true. Although a point could be made that a fighter moving down a weight class should get more credence than a fighter moving up in class.

      although this sort of thing has occurred in UFC before, ala BJ Penn being #1 contender in LW but decided he’d rather challenge Hughes for the WW title. (which BJ won)

  • MMA

    “Are you out of your (expletive) mind? Are you serious? Did you seriously just ask me that question? It’s like if Aldo wanted to move up to 155, are we going to say he’s not the number one contender? What are you talking about?”

    Did Dana really say this? What a dumbass. Enough with the $$$$, go back to making it a sport and not some spectacle.

    • disqus_Jae6OP6357

      Yea, that was straight up idiotic.

    • kbroesq

      How is it dumb or idiotic? Perhaps Dana’s analogy wasn’t the best one because Aldo is the champ and has been for a long time, but Pettis is clearly the number one contender if he drops down. Dana’s point was more that it makes no sense to say that Pettis has to start over or something just because he drops down. He just earned a title shot in a division that is WAY more stacked than FW. If Pettis wants to use that title shot to fight a lighter fighter, it makes sense to me.

      • MMA

        Why does it make sense to you? What about all the other guys (Lamas, KZ, Swanson and etc.) at featherweight who have been working towards a title shot in that division? Pettis is a great fighter and I think Aldo vs Pettis will be a great fight but he’s done nothing in that division and thus doesn’t deserve it. He deserves a lightweight title shot because he’s worked towards it in that division but he’s done nothing at featherweight. And it’s not like he’d have to start over if he went down to feathweight, put him against one top contender at fw and if he wins then for sure give him Aldo. But other than that it’s a joke and all about the $$$ and there’s no need to be dumb enough to think otherwise.

        • RoBeRtOe

          Because Pettis has built up hype behind him. Fan want to see that fight and this fight makes more money than Aldo vs all other FWs. Is it really that hard for you to comprehend??

          • MMA

            Ya I already understand that, as I’ve said above enough with the $$$. I’d rather it be a sport and I want to watch the guys who earned a shot at the titleholder in their division and not any more of these “superfights” that apparently everyone wants to see…. is that too hard for you to understand?

  • http://www.mmamadman.com/ Chase Brian Beebe

    Anderson Silva should take some notes

    • Ian Price

      Lol!!!!

    • MuayThaiFood

      Anderson never refused to fight Weidman. They are already working on a July fight. Better start looking for the next “Great White Hope” now.

    • Anthony Lopez

      Lol such a hater

  • disqus_Jae6OP6357

    Disagree. Most of what I saw was support for Aldo. Flip-flopping makes Aldo look weak. I already thought he was weak because he said he’d fight anyone at any weight class, whoever his employer told him to fight. That’s a really spineless thing to say, but I suppose he should be held to that word in this case. Really can’t respect the guy anymore.

    • Same Guy Different Name

      Saying you will fight anyone your employer tells you to is neither spineless nor brave. It’s a business response because even though it’s a combat sport there are many politics surrounding the actual bout. I think someone could only be called weak or spineless based on their combat performance or lack of one.

  • Asa

    I love how ppl say ufc is just about money lol. Every sport is about money, without money the show doesnt go on! This goes for the diaz nut huggers who say who cares about press conference or promos and countdowns etc. Uh ufc cares. They pay every fighter and camera crews arenas etc. Countdowns get tv money which helps promote plus pay for expenses. And any fight that draws ppvs and sells like pettis would do way more than llamas or swanson is good BUISNESS! This is a buisness, its not just back yard fighting. Dana saved a DEAD sport by using buisness stragetys so who r we to say what hes doing is wrong. Plus i do think pettis is too much for aldo and is deserving.besides that y should the chMp care whos nxt, defend your title against all comer. And to whoever said something about jonny bones dropping 70 pounds to fight is absurd and no way a good point lol. Fighters just fight and let dana do the buisness=success!

    • disqus_Jae6OP6357

      So hunting is about money? No sport is about money, they’re about a test of skill, usually between two or more people. Businesses are about money, and they sometimes try to make money off a sport. But if the business owners truly respect the sport, they’ll allow it to retain its integrity.

      Who are we to say…? We’re the fans, and it’s high time we starting taking back our sport from those who would turn it into a mockery.

      • Asa

        Lol money makes the sport run! Hunting? Lol thats what u got. Football, baseball, etc is about money. Ufc is a sport and like any other sport it takes money to run it. R u going to pay the fighters lol good im sure u can get there num and pay them. No ufc pays the fighters and bonuses and gives them publicity for huge endorsments and spnocers. It costs money to promote and pay fighters. Hes proven to know what hes doing. Fighters want money dont think they dont, and dana made this sport possible for these fighters to make a good living off of, and he did it as buisness strategy. U r retarded to think dana buisness savy didnt save this sport. So pipe down and let him run this buisness like hes been doing so well that it made network tv!

        • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

          UFC is a sport? I thought it was a company.

        • Truth

          wrong. football, baseball, mma… these are sports… sports are about love of the game

          UFC, NFL, NBA, MLB… these are companies. And yes their operations are dictated by MONEY first and foremost.

          • Asa

            Ok now let me make this simple for u, dana brought a Dead Sport back to being popular using buisness moves. It takes MONEY to pay fighters, rent arenas, call press conference, film crews etc. Yeah mma is a sport, but it was an unwatched sport until the right buisness man knew how to PROMOTE it a knew how to make it a Successful buisness. U wouldnt know who is fighting in the ufc bellator etc if dana didnt save this great sport and turned it to a successful buisness too. Without tv it wouldve never been this big nor would u have known any of these fighters u like to see fight. Without dana u would never heard of aldo, heck without dana aldo wouldve never been aldo. He mightve been the greatest bag boy onstead! The buisness aspect is Very important side that keeps everything running smooth.

          • adam1848

            Actually…Dana brought back a dead company, while the sport of MMA was flourishing in Japan. I mean no disrespect, but you seem to think the UFC is the father of MMA, when in fact the opposite is true. How do we know that even if the UFC went out of business, Pride wouldn’t have expanded into the North American market eventually? No one is saying that the UFC shouldn’t be run like a company…it is a business, as was Pride, and we all understand that. But the integrity of the sport of MMA should take precedence over the success of the company that made it popular in the United States. What some of us believe, is that Dana makes decisions based on what is best for his company, rather than what is best for the sport. I understand why he does this, but that doesn’t mean I have to condone it. At the the local shows I go to, most of the fights are amateurs who get paid nothing and have to cover their own expenses…I’m sure some of them do it for the dream of making millions and being the next GSP…but most that I talk to do it to test themselves in competition, and for the love of the sport. That is the difference between a sport and a company. You are correct that the business aspect is very important, but it shouldn’t be the only consideration. Also, I find it offensive that you think an athlete of Jose Aldo’s caliber would be a bag boy if not for the UFC. You could have said he might be a professional soccer player or world champion grappler instead.

          • adam1848

            Actually…Dana brought back a dead company, while the sport of MMA was flourishing in Japan. I mean no disrespect, but you seem to think the UFC is the father of MMA, when in fact the opposite is true. How do we know that even if the UFC went out of business, Pride wouldn’t have expanded into the North American market eventually? No one is saying that the UFC shouldn’t be run like a company…it is a business, as was Pride, and we all understand that. But the integrity of the sport of MMA should take precedence over the success of the company that made it popular in the United States. What some of us believe, is that Dana makes decisions based on what is best for his company, rather than what is best for the sport. I understand why he does this, but that doesn’t mean I have to condone it. At the the local shows I go to, most of the fights are amateurs who get paid nothing and have to cover their own expenses…I’m sure some of them do it for the dream of making millions and being the next GSP…but most that I talk to do it to test themselves in competition, and for the love of the sport. That is the difference between a sport and a company. You are correct that the business aspect is very important, but it shouldn’t be the only consideration. Also, I find it offensive that you think an athlete of Jose Aldo’s caliber would be a bag boy if not for the UFC. You could have said he might be a professional soccer player or world champion grappler instead.

          • adam1848

            sorry…this comment was intended for Asa. I agreed with your post, truth.

          • numberonefan81

            U talk too much

        • AJ

          Asa, you’re really stupid. Just to let you know.

          • Asa

            Im not saying aldo has no skills, but alot of fighters train to be fighters so they can be in the ufc. Im saying if dana didnt do what he did to make it mainstream in america and world wide homes then aldo might have never trained to be a fighter. I know pride was successful but the sport was no where near its potential and stuff. Every company is a brand and every brand is trying to make money. Bellator and the restdo whats best for them, thats y they wont let eddie leave. They dont care about his dreams or fans that want to see him.fight the best in ufc and the world. Im not saying dana is always right or perfect cuz no one is, but i think he runs his company smart and usually gives the fans what they want. Only fivht i disagree with is sonnen vs bones. While i like sonnen and def thought he deserved the rematch with silva no questions asked, i know he did nothing to deserve the lhw champ. But there really wasnt anyone else if u in danas shoes. Glover didnt want the fight, shogun got handled and im in no way interested in that again, alex gus hadnt beat enough ppl nor did he want it. Mateer of fact nobody wanted the fight but chael, and hendo and hendo got injured. Oh and i know diaz def doesnt deserve the shot at gsp but i think everybody wants to see that fight. The diaz huggers want to see him win lol, and everybody else who hates him wants him to lose shut up and leave the ufc. But those r the only 2 fights i disagree with as far as ppl no deserving, but i hate diaz and im not a huge fan of fake jones. Plus i just want to see somebody actually FIGHT jones and i know chael will. He might lose lol well more than likely he will, but i know he wont walk backwards and let jones push him back never throwing being a punk like everybody else did. I know he will go straight to the middle and bring the fight and it just be nice to see someone with balls actually fight.

          • adam1848

            I agree with that. Whether Chael deserved the shot or not is irrelevant at this point. I don’t like the way Chael promotes fights, but he’s been a good coach on tuf, and he shows up to fight every time. Can’t take that away from the guy.

      • You really don’t get it?

        Let me rephrase his statement so you understand. Televised Sports are about money. Yes. Even televised hunting.

  • RoBeRtOe

    Right now, Pettis is more exciting, explosive, and more unpredictable than the majority of the UFC’s current roster as a whole. Personally, I’m more amped for this fight than any other slated for 2013. Just my .02. Feel free to piss on it if you like.

  • Cesarhquintero

    This reminds me of the situation Roy jones jr had with traver.jones didn’t wanna fight no one until they threaten him by stripping him from his title and he stopped fighting guys he lnew he could beat for ex. mayweather and broner but I hope Mma doesn’t kill itself like boxing did and this comes from a person that has been a fan and competed amateur boxing since I was. Nine it sucks no one wants to fight no one in boxing that’s why I’m a mix martial artist now

  • Supaman

    Of course Aldo wouldn’t want Pettis dropping down.

    He wasn’t as afraid of Edgar b/c Aldo is still bigger than Edgar and Edgar has never shown KO power.

    For pretty much the first time, Aldo will be the smaller man. Pettis has about 3 in. height advantage and 2 in. reach advantage. This is HUGE considering that a large part of Aldo’s game is dictated by using his speed and range. This would virtually be negated by Pettis since he’s the larger man AND almost as fast (if not just as fast) as Aldo.

    • Supaman

      let me rephrase that… I don’t think Aldo was ever afraid of Edgar, just that he was “more willing” to fight him.

      I wouldn’t say Aldo is afraid of Pettis either… but is definitely nervous and much more reluctant to fight him b/c he’s a legit threat. Size wise & style wise.

      this may be one of the 1st times we see Aldo pushing to take a fight to the ground.

  • http://www.21centurysuccess.com/ Ryan Bruno

    Pettis is a great opponent for Aldo this match should be awesome.

  • Mike mckinney

    Weight classes are there to handicap fights. Lets not forget this. It would make less sense for Aldo to get a shot vs. bendo than for pettis to get one vs. Aldo.
    The number 5 ranked 155er is almost certainly a stronger contender than the # 1 contender at 145. It’s that way in just about every division. There are exceptions to this of course.
    One of the biggest reasons we don’t see it happen more is that most guys can’t drop any more weight.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I love Anthony Pettis but it’s crazy how everyone is counting out Jose Aldo after everything he has done. Other then Florian, Edgar and Faber he has finished fights and everyone loved the guy.The Hominick fight was just an off night. The guy goes the distance with some top level fighters and all of a sudden he’s nothing and Pettis is going to destroy him. Give the guy a chance. It should be an incredible fight.