Jose Aldo 'really likes' possibility of moving up, fighting Anthony Pettis
JAN 29, 2014 5:53p ET
The collision course between Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis took a detour last summer when Pettis injured his knee and had to bow out of a match between them, but the talk of pairing them off has never really died down. Despite Ricardo Lamas being on Aldo’s plate this weekend, speculation was reignited this week when UFC president Dana Wihte suggested the idea could be revisited should Aldo emerge victorious.
We already know Pettis is interested, and on Wednesday, the reigning featherweight king Aldo told FOX Sports that the possibility of chasing Pettis’ lightweight gold intrigues him as well.
“I have to win on Saturday but to fight Pettis in a different weight class, it’s going to be a new challenge, and of course I might consider the possibility,” he said through an interpreter. “It’s not up to me right now. I would of course discuss it with my coach, but of course it’s a possibility.”
Asked further if he hopes it to be his next fight, he said, “If that is a possibility, it’s one I really like.”
“After the fight with Pettis was announced in the past it created huge expectations. It got the fans motivated, the UFC motivated. So why not?”
Aldo (23-1) is considered a sizable 6-to-1 favorite to defeat Lamas at UFC 169.
The 27-year-old Brazilian is perfect in 13 fights under Zuffa’s UFC and WEC promotions, and has been the reigning 145-pound champion for over four years, but since struggling to make weight against Mark Hominick in April 2011, speculation has abounded about a possible move to 155.
With Pettis dangling as a possible opponent as well as the chance to establish himself as a two-division champion, there is certainly enough bait to get him to bite.
“It’s not only about myself,” he said. “After the fight with Pettis was announced in the past it created huge expectations. It got the fans motivated, the UFC motivated. So why not?”
There are more than a few obstacles in the way. Aside from Lamas, who has been dominant since moving to featherweight, the timing of such a fight would have to work out. Right now, Pettis is only in the early stages of rehab from knee surgery, and is still about a month away from being able to run. A fight camp is even further away, although he’s said he is targeting a July return.
Historically, title vs. title fights are quite rare. The last one came in Jan. 2009 when reigning welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre defeated lightweight champ B.J. Penn at UFC 94.