Jose Aldo Wants Bout With Anthony Pettis After UFC 169 Win: “Let’s Get This Done”
By FCF Staff
A scheduled bout between Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo last August may have fallen through, but the two appear to be on a collision course after the latter’s title defense Saturday night.
Following Aldo’s unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 in Newark, UFC President Dana White was predictably asked about the possibility of an Aldo-Pettis fight.
“I like Jose at 155, I think the weight-cut’s much easier for him, but again, I’m going to throw it back at him,” White said at the post-fight presser. “At the end of the day, if he wants to, he’s the king at 45, if he wants to move to 55 I think it’s a huge fight with Pettis.”
Aldo has repeatedly said he’s not only interested in moving to lightweight, but that he wants to fight Pettis. After Pettis tapped out Benson Henderson at UFC 164 on August 31st to become lightweight champ, he called for a bout with Aldo.
“It’s not only about me,” said Aldo. “I want the fight; Pettis wants the fight, so why not? We are both ready to fight, so let’s get this done. Let’s fight.”
“Sounds like we’ve got a fight,” added White. “There you go.”
Pettis, who reportedly called White last night to say he’s willing to fight Aldo next, is currently sidelined after undergoing knee surgery.
Aldo and Pettis were booked to fight at UFC 163, but an injury forced Pettis to withdraw from the featherweight fight. Aldo ended up facing and stopping Chang Sung Jung at the August 3rd card.