Anthony Pettis drops to 145, meets UFC champ Jose Aldo on Aug. 3

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jjeans
2/5/13 6:38:52AM
Two of the most dynamic strikers in all of mixed martial arts will meet Aug. 3 as Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is dropping from lightweight to 145 pounds to challenge current champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) for the UFC featherweight title.

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday learned of the booking from UFC President Dana White.

"Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds," White said. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight."

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jjeans
2/5/13 6:40:41AM
So Pettis hasn't fought at 145 before. So Aldo has a list of new contenders and he won't have fought a 145er in 18 months. So Pettis becomes the third man to get a title shot in a different division this year.

Is there anyone who actually isn't excited to see these 2 throw down? I can't wait for this fight
aussiemma
2/5/13 7:27:42AM
This is freakin awesome ! This has got to be one of the best striker v striker title match ups in ufc history.

pettis has some of the most dynamic striking ever seen in the octagon. At this stage i would not know who to pick.
casketcoin
2/5/13 7:54:23AM
I love it. I feel more confident in Pettis than i did for Frankie. War indeed. Something wild will happen.
quezocrema0032
2/5/13 8:20:44AM
I am not prepared for the amount of complaining that's going to take place on this thread. Before people cry outrage over this booking take into account that Aldo is prob the best fighter in mma with the least drawing power. & while few people will argue that Lamas doesn't deserve the shot at the title, at the end of the day a fight with Lamas won't solve the issue that Aldo isn't as big of a ppv draw as his skills should have him be. Aldo has paid his dues & deserves big ppv fights like all the other elite champions get. Its not his fault hes the best at 145lbs & not 170lbs & up. Sorry guys but its as simple as a ppv cut from a fight with Pettis >>> a ppv cut from a fight with Lamas.


Why people would complain when the end result is a dynamic fight like Aldo vs Pettis is beyond me but whatever I'm pumped
Playground_Samurai
2/5/13 8:23:20AM
Very exciting match up.

Lamas just got the shaft though. Maybe Lamas vs Siver or TKZ next?

By now it's evident that these new division rankings mean absolutely nothing.
babalu46
2/5/13 8:55:30AM
This fight is amazing of course you could argue a 145er should be getting the shot given some guys are now proving themselves but how can you not be excited by this fight!!!!

Also there is no way this goes to a decision Shirley!
Theoutlaw08
2/5/13 9:04:10AM
Awesome fight!
WAR PETTIS
Normally I am upset when some goes to a new weight class and gets a shot right away. But Pettis is one of my favorite fighters. Bring that title to Wisconsin. LETS GO!!!!
Boo_Radley21
2/5/13 9:16:45AM
This fight is going to be retarted good i cant wait
JoeWarren33
2/5/13 9:51:24AM
Wow!!!
Now this is a fight i can get really excited for! Let the fireworks begin!!!
sparky
2/5/13 9:55:40AM
Awesome fight

Pettis is a great opponent for Aldo. This one will be an instant classic. Personally I think Pettis has a better shot at beating Bendo, Aldo is going to be to fast for him in my opinion.

WAR ALDO & WAR FOTN maybe FOTY
Chieftan1997
2/5/13 10:04:56AM
Ohhhhhhh man awesome!!!! This ijs a sick matchup I can't wait for this fight!!!
BillsNewAccount
2/5/13 10:33:16AM

Posted by aussiemma

This is freakin awesome ! This has got to be one of the best striker v striker title match ups in ufc history.

pettis has some of the most dynamic striking ever seen in the octagon. At this stage i would not know who to pick.



gartface
2/5/13 11:11:37AM
You'd have to be a corpse not to be excited about this matchup.

DrivenDavies15
2/5/13 11:26:19AM
Sick matchup I can see a back and forth striking war until someone gives! If Aldo has gas tank problems in this fight we may see a new 145 pound champ!

Hopefully they put together Lamas vs TKZ now!
FastKnockout
2/5/13 11:30:03AM
I'm not happy about the other 145ers getting the shaft but I'll be lying if I said I wasn't excited.
Boo_Radley21
2/5/13 11:43:36AM
If you've proven you're a worthy title contender and can make weight I don't see why a title shot at the weight lower is any different
Twenty20Dollars
2/5/13 11:48:21AM
postman
2/5/13 11:57:26AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars




because fights with Jung and Lamas would be so much more exciting.
jae_1833
2/5/13 11:59:59AM
Both points are valid, when it comes down to it this is a business decision and one of the reasons why the UFC is and most likely always will make more money than Bellator or any other company for that matter....much better decision the Chael vs Jones IMO.
Twenty20Dollars
2/5/13 12:12:23PM

Posted by postman


Posted by Twenty20Dollars




because fights with Jung and Lamas would be so much more exciting.



Because it's more fair, but I guess that's been thrown out the window.

Jung and Lamas are exciting fighters.

I'd rather see Pettis/Henderson 2.
RhythmAndStyle
2/5/13 12:23:30PM
WINconsin BABY!..
postman
2/5/13 12:27:47PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars


Posted by postman


Posted by Twenty20Dollars




because fights with Jung and Lamas would be so much more exciting.



Because it's more fair, but I guess that's been thrown out the window.

Jung and Lamas are exciting fighters.

I'd rather see Pettis/Henderson 2.



I don't want you to think I'm being a dick here but since when is life fair? I'm down to see Bendo Pettis as well. But there is a list of guys at 155 I would love to se ben fight. The list of 145 fighters I want to see Aldo fight is about 0. I think Jung and Lamas are real good fighters and fun to watch fight, but nothing makes me think either poses the slightest threat to Aldo. Before anyone says it I know its MMA anything can happen.

The weight jumping for name value in title fights isn't going to stop IMO. The only way it could be slowed down is larger gaps between divisions. I would almost be willing to bet the house Edgar is going to be fighting for the 35 title soon enough.
Budgellism
2/5/13 12:43:35PM
Like others, I don't like guys like Lamas getting skipped over but this matchup is guaranteed to be fireworks. It's hard to be upset about it. What happens if he loses to Aldo though? That Bendo/Pettis rematch goes out the window. I wish they would have waited with making the Melendez fight so they could book Bendo/Pettis and have Aldo fight Lamas.

I'm fine with Lamas vs. The Korean Zombie though. The winner of that fight should have no problem getting a title shot. Especially if they put it on another Fox card.
postman
2/5/13 12:54:09PM

Posted by Budgellism

What happens if he loses to Aldo though? That Bendo/Pettis rematch goes out the window.



I wouldn't that fight out even if he loses. depending on how he lost. If its a close fight I can see Joe Rogan saying he had a real close fight with arguably the top p4p fighter in the world at a weight thats really not his natural fight weight. I'm not saying thats what they would do but it also wouldn't suprise me.
Budgellism
2/5/13 1:03:32PM

Posted by postman


Posted by Budgellism

What happens if he loses to Aldo though? That Bendo/Pettis rematch goes out the window.



I wouldn't that fight out even if he loses. depending on how he lost. If its a close fight I can see Joe Rogan saying he had a real close fight with arguably the top p4p fighter in the world at a weight thats really not his natural fight weight. I'm not saying thats what they would do but it also wouldn't suprise me.



I could see that too I guess but it would take a lot of steam out of the rematch personally.
Lungsofsteel
2/5/13 1:11:28PM
got what i wanted , as for lamas i would like to see him face chan sung jung
cowcatcher
2/5/13 1:19:33PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars


Because it's more fair



The "F" in UFC doesn't stand for fair.
pmoney
2/5/13 1:28:16PM
I love the match, but I am sick of the UFC just making "marketable" fights. It's really bad for the credibility of the sport, in my opinion. Also, why is this not happening until August? Pettis was in the cage for what, a minute against Cerrone? Edgar got way more busted up than Aldo... you would think June or July would work, but whatever....
postman
2/5/13 1:38:21PM

Posted by pmoney

I love the match, but I am sick of the UFC just making "marketable" fights. It's really bad for the credibility of the sport, in my opinion. Also, why is this not happening until August? Pettis was in the cage for what, a minute against Cerrone? Edgar got way more busted up than Aldo... you would think June or July would work, but whatever....



I don't know man look at the Big money fights Boxing pulls in. I feel like the UFC has more superstars to make these huge fights. I think Patrick Cote getting title shot hurts it far more then the #3 LW moving down to fight the # 1 FW.
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