Las Vegas, United States (4E Sports) – UFC President Dana White was in matchmaking mode Saturday night after pulling off an intriguing featherweight clash between division king pin Jose Aldo and up-and-coming lightweight star Anthony Pettis.
White announced the showdown moments after Aldo successfully defended his title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
“Something interesting happened about 10 minutes ago. Anthony Pettis said, ‘I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.’ He told me he’ll make 145,” White said during the press conference.
Considered a legitimate contender in the lightweight division, Pettis boasts a formidable 16-2 record.
He has a shot at fighting the winner between lightweight titlist Ben Henderson and Gilbert Melendez after knocking out Donald Cerrone last week. He instead decided to fight in a much lighter division, where Aldo has reigned supreme for some time.
White admitted that Aldo-Pettis didn’t cross his mind until he received the message from Pettis. Still, he raved about the upcoming battle which could produce some needed drama in the featherweight division.
“It’s up to Dana, but it’s an interesting fight,” said Aldo about his fight with Pettis. “I train to fight the best. I respect them all. I think Pettis is close to a title shot in his own division.”