Best news coming from UFC 169? Pettis vs. Aldo for the LW Title

Posted: February 3, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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aldopettisThe best news that came from UFC 169 Saturday night might have been after the event was over. That’s when Jose Aldo, fresh off another featherweight title defense against Ricardo Lamas, said he would be interested in fighting Anthony Pettis for the 155 pound title.

“I’m ready, I’ve always been ready,” Aldo said at the press conference. “I want the fight, everybody wants the fight. If the fight was tonight I would fight him. So it’s up to the UFC and Dana.”

It didn’t take long for White to agree. “Sounds like we’ve got a fight. There ya go,” he said. “That was easy. Got that deal done. One more thing I don’t have to do on Monday.”

That’s great news for fans—because that’s a tremendous matchup on paper—but also a huge relief for the lightweight division. I just wrote that the entire division was in disarray due to injuries (Pettis and TJ Grant) and the outcome of the ho-hum Ben Henderson vs. Josh Thomson fight. There isn’t a clear contender.

Well, now there is.

Aldo has dominated the featherweight division for some time now. He’s won all 14 of his WEC/UFC bouts, including eight straight defenses of his world title (the last 6 coming in the UFC).

I would expect this fight to happen sometime this summer. As reigning featherweight champ, there are a few things to consider when Aldo challenges for another belt. First, does he move up for good? Second, what happens to the FW title? I don’t think those questions need to be answered until we see the fight.

If Aldo beats Pettis, he could relinquish his 145 pound strap and a new champion could be crowned later in the year. If Pettis successfully defends the belt, Aldo would still be the featherweight champ and would certainly be able to continue defending that belt if he wants to.

We’ve obviously discussed this fight before, and at the time my thoughts on it were very different. But due to other circumstances, now this fight couldn’t be coming at a better time.

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