Anthony Pettis drops to 145, meets UFC champ Jose Aldo on Aug. 3
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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Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis considered
"Something interesting happened about 10 minutes ago," said White, at the postfight press conference. "Anthony Pettis said, 'I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.' He told me he'll make 145."
"It didn't cross my mind until he texted me, but it's crossing my mind now," White said. "I like it, and I like Pettis."
Aldo (22-1), who defeated Edgar via unanimous decision, expressed interest in the fight.
"It's up to Dana, but it's an interesting fight," Aldo said. "I train to fight the best. I respect them all. I think Pettis is close to a title shot in his own division."
Personally it think aldo needs to go to 155, the cut seems to be getting to be too much. he even said he always get sick doing it.
UFC 156 results & analysis - Aldo edges Edgar
Another 25-minute title fight for Frankie Edgar? Who'd have thunk it?
But for the third straight time, he came out on the short end of a decision, this time in a new division, falling to featherweight champion Jose Aldo in an entertaining battle. Aldo won with scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47.
UFC 156 official weigh-in results: Champ Aldo (145), Edgar (144) hit mark
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
-Champ Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144)
-Rashad Evans (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206)
-Alistair Overeem (264) vs. Antonio Silva (262)
-Jon Fitch (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
-Joseph Benavidez (126) vs. Ian McCall (125)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
-Evan Dunham (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
-Jay Hieron (168) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
-Bobby Green (155) vs. Jacob Volkmann (156)
-Yves Edwards (155) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
-Chico Camus (134) vs. Dustin Kimura (139.5)
-Edwin Figueroa (137.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (137)
Figueroa and Rivera has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight
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