Jose Aldo Wants Immediate Title Shot At 155 With A Win Over Anthony Pettis

UFC 163 will be a huge night for the Featherweight division, Jose Aldo will put his 145lb. title on the line against Anthony Pettis. But the fight may have more implications than just in the FW division, it seems that Jose Aldo is gunning for a title shot at Lightweight.

The 145lb. division hasn’t really had a rightful contender for a while now, and with Anthony Pettis dropping to challenge for the title, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change. Aldo was on hand to talk to MMAJunkie.com about his feelings on the situation:

“I don’t think it’s fair. I think if you’re going to drop down, then prove yourself by first having great fights within the weight class, and then you’ve earned the right to fight for the belt. That’s how I think. But since we’re already booked, no problem. I’ll just go and win that fight.”

Many fans, and Chan Sung Jung, feel like Aldo vs. Pettis is an awesome fight-but probably not that fair to the rest of the division. Factor in that Frankie Edgar gt an immediate title shot when he dropped, and you can start to sympathize with the rest of the division. Aldo then spoke about a shot at the 155lb. belt:

“If everyone is cutting in line, I might as well do the same thing,” Aldo said. “I’d like to move up one division and have an immediate title shot. We took the Pettis fight with this in mind.

“It’s [set]. Exactly. We put that in (the contract). It’s black and white. When we accepted the Pettis fight, we brought that up right away. Since everyone wants to cut into our line, let’s cut into theirs too.”

This adds a very interesting twist to the title bout at UFC 163. It was already lining up to be a great scrap between two of the best strikers in the game, and now the news that Aldo (and arguably Pettis) will be challenging for the Lightweight scrap should either win. It is probably a safe bet to say that the FW title is going to be tied up for a long time, and also that we will likely have a two-weight UFC champ by Christmas!

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10 Comments

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    enjoylife321

    June 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love Aldo's thirst, hunger, contract negotiations, love it, love it, love it….

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    highkick12

    June 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Considering he would have to beat the guy that beat the 155 champ it only makes sense.

    As long as someone takes Bensons title Im happy.

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    Mike Drahota

    June 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Aldo should fight Bendo if both win this summer….would love to see that match

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    Brian Cox

    June 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Aldo and Bendo would be a great fight.

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    N.C.

    June 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Aldo is one of those guys, who if he had better challengers. He would be considered one of the best P4P fighters in the UFC. A solid top 5 in the division. But his lack of challengers have been holding him back. He generally fights guys who are seen as guys who can't make it in LW and dropped down.

    He's a big guy. He's an inch off from being as tall as DC who's a hw. I can see him moving to 155 and doing well. Then becoming the next 2 division champ.

    Size wise. Aldo and GSP are actually closer in size. That would be a more realistic super fight.

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    watermelon fresh

    June 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Go Aldo with your bad self.

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    thexperience1

    June 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    He's not beating Pettis, so all this chatter is for the birds!
    Disagree? Put your money where your mouth is…..!!!

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