Fans thought a title-fight between UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo and lightweight stud Anthony Pettis was a done deal, and, at least according to UFC President Dana White, it still is. However, Aldo threw a wrench in the organization’s plans recently when his manager told White the explosive 26-year old no longer wanted to fight Pettis based on “Showtime” lacking the necessary credentials.
Specifically, Pettis has never fought at 145 pounds, creating confusion as to why more deserving contenders would be bypassed.
Aldo recently clarified his stance in a conversation with TATAME where he made it clear he’s open to fighting Pettis but not with his gold up for grabs.
“Who deserves a chance in the first place, is Ricardo Lamas, because he has beaten Erik Koch, who was the next contender. He earned the chance after the victory. Cub Swanson is another too. They are athletes in the division, struggling for a long time for a shot at the belt, which never arrives according to opponents the UFC is scheduling. If the UFC wants a superfight, I do not see any problem. I fight whoever, but the belt has to be against Lamas or Swanson.”
“They created a ranking that is not serving for anything, because they’re pulling people from other divisions. This is only happening on my weight, I see it nowhere else.”
“It is an injustice to others.”
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