Pettis vs. Aldo? Hey UFC, don’t force a ‘Superfight’ on us when it isn’t needed

Posted: September 2, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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aldopettisEveryone loves superfights, including me. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre and Silva vs. Jon Jones are just a couple of the big buzz fights that have circulated around the MMA world, whipping everyone up into a frenzy. And over the weekend, we heard one champion call out another champion in what sounded like a title-for-title challenge.

While it sounds like an amazing spectacle—the title vs. title scenario is probably impossible, but that’s a different discussion altogether—let me tell you why Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo is a bad idea.

First, I’ve always been against the idea of stopping the progress of 2 weight classes at the same time. The featherweight and lightweight divisions are not lacking valid contenders right now. TJ Grant just lost his shot at the belt and probably deserves to be at the top of the list when Pettis starts looking for challengers. That’s not to mention several other top lightweights who Pettis has yet to face.

For Aldo, here’s a case where the challengers are mounting faster than he could ever defend his belt. Mendes, Lamas, Swanson and others are all waiting anxiously for their shot. And all are deserving. Hell, the featherweight contenders have already been forced to wait longer than normal while former lightweights Frankie Edgar and Kenny Florian (and Pettis until his injury) leapfrogged the pack to get quick title shots.

Both champs injured themselves in their last defenses too. The fact that it’s so easy to get hurt in the sport is also a reason why stopping the progress of two divisions is a bad idea. Pettis waited three years for his promised shot at a title due to various circumstances. He should actually the biggest advocate for guys like Grant to get what they’ve been promised.

And really, isn’t it too early for a superfight between Aldo and Pettis? Pettis just won the lightweight title two days ago and we’re already talking about a superfight? Winning the belt isn’t the end game. Ask GSP and The Spider about building legacies. Now everyone knows any fight involving them is a huge fight. Pettis winning the belt one day and asking for another champ is a bit premature of him.

Here’s what I say about this proposed superfight between divisional champs. Let it happen naturally. Aldo hasn’t cleaned out his division, despite what the UFC has told us. While they were handing fights to Florian and Edgar, contenders were accumulating. Now he has plenty of options within his weight class. Pettis should fight Grant next. If he’s good enough to be given the superfight, he should be able to handle Grant, right?

Superfights are a great spectacle. But the time isn’t right for this one. If the UFC makes this fight happen it will feel forced; like I’m being told this is a big fight. Honestly, I don’t need to be told what fights are big. In fact I think Pettis/Grant is big; as is Aldo against any number of legitimate contenders piling up.

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  5. Shirl says:

    I’m not wothry to be in the same forum. ROTFL

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