Sorry Ricardo Lamas, you might as well change your name to Johny Hendricks. Lightweight trapeze artist, Anthony Pettis has requested a title shot against Jose Aldo (via text to Dana White) and the UFC has made it official. The news comes only two days after Aldo successfully defended the belt from Frankie Edgar (via unanimous decision) at UFC 156. The bout has been set for August 3rd in either Chicago, or Brazil (in work).
Here’s what Pettis posted this morning on his Facebook:
“It’s official I’m fighting Jose Aldo August 3rd!!! 2013 is my year!!! And the 5 round training begins!!!”
The former WEC champ will be making his debut at featherweight, after rattling off three straight in the lightweight division. “Showtime” was last seen earning a TKO of the “Cowboy” Donal Cerrone early in the first with fierce body kicks that dropped his opponent.
Here’s what Dana White had to say on the match-up:
“Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds,” White said. “These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight.”
Aldo, has looked unbeatable, taking out every adversary in the cage since 2005 with his own viscous kicks, that come from a past soccer career. The long running champ from WEC is currently on a 14 fight win-streak. Much like his Blackhouse team-mate, Anderson Silva, Aldo has a highlight reel of knockouts longer than most fighters careers.