After a whirlwind few days in which UFC president Dana White revealed that 145 lbs champ Jose Aldo had refused a bout with Anthony Pettis, the UFC confirmed yesterday that they had finally agreed with Aldo’s team on the bout, set for August 3rd.
Not only that, White also confirmed with MMAJunkie.com’s John Morgan that Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) also receives a crack at the 155 lbs title should he successfully defend his own title against Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Morgan tweeted:
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) February 26, 2013
This new stipulation would seem to stem from Aldo’s telling to Tatame.com that if Pettis can change divisions and earn immediate title shots, then he should be granted the same courtesy. Well it would seem the UFC have obliged the Brazilian.
Should Aldo successfully win his next two fights now, he will join the elite ranks of Randy Couture and B.J. Penn in having won two UFC championships in two separate weight divisions.
Let’s just be glad it’s all agreed and we can look forward to an amazing 145 lbs title fight between Jose Aldo Jr. and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
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