Although Anthony Pettis was forced to drop out of a scheduled UFC 163 tilt with featherweight champ Jose Aldo, depending on what happens in the coming months, that bout could get booked and not at 145 pounds. The reason being, of course, that Aldo and Dana White have talked about the fact that the renowned fighter could move to lightweight. Considering Aldo has won all 12 of his bouts with the WEC and UFC to date, it’s not surprising he wants to test the waters in another division.
Of course, first things first, Aldo is set to fight Chan Sung Jung this Saturday, and although the champ is a huge favorite to win the fight, he’s apparently remaining focused on the task at hand. Aldo was asked about his lightweight aspirations during a recent media call to promote UFC 163, and here’s what the 26 year-old had to say (quote via MMA Weekly.com):
“It’s hard to say right now. I want to take one step at a time. I want to focus on the fight I have on Aug. 3 against the Korean Zombie. We’ll see what happens from there, if I’m going to make the move, or if I I’m going to stay in my weight class. So I have to take one step at a time.”
While it would be interesting to see how Aldo performs at lightweight obviously, there’s still plenty of interesting challenges for him at 145 in the form of Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas and a rematch with Chad Mendes.
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