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Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013

Report: Jose Aldo Will Secure Lightweight Title Fight With Win Over Anthony Pettis

Aldo (right) attacking Edgar (photo via Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

By FCF Staff

Not long after it was revealed that Jose Aldo and his representatives have dropped their protest regarding an August 3rd bout with Anthony Pettis, details are emerging as to why the UFC Featherweight Champion has finally agreed to the fight. If Aldo defeats Pettis this summer, then the decorated fighter will reportedly receive a shot at the lightweight title.

Aldo revealed his agreement with the UFC to the Brazilian publication Tatame.com first, and MMA Junkie also confirmed the arrangement with UFC President Dana White.

Pettis requested a bout with Aldo after the champion defeated Frankie Edgar by decision earlier this month, after the lightweight put away Donald Cerrone with a vicious kick to the body in January.

White granted the request of Pettis immediately, however, Aldo and his camp reportedly protested the fight, due to the fact Pettis has yet to compete at featherweight. The promotion’s president revealed the dispute after UFC 157 concluded, however, on Monday he reported that Aldo had finally agreed to the bout.

No details have emerged as to whether Aldo would have to relinquish the 145 pound championship if he was secure the lightweight title.

Lightweight champion Benson Henderson is scheduled to fight former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez on April 20th.




posted by FCF Staff @ 10:23 am
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