Jose Aldo Will Receive Lightweight Title-Shot If He Beats Anthony Pettis

As the saying goes, “Turnabout is fair play.”

After recently stating he didn’t want to put his UFC featherweight title on the line against Anthony Pettis based on the challenger’s lack of experience at 145 pounds, champion Jose Aldo will apparently receive a crack at the lightweight belt Pettis is in line to contend for if successful in their showdown later this year. Aldo has been seen as an oversized 145ers for awhile and teased the notion of bulking up before, leaving it up to his trainers to decide when the time was right.

MMAJunkie was first to report the development, citing UFC President Dana White as the source of the information.

Aldo is 22-1 in his career including twelve wins under the Zuffa banner. He was last seen outpointing Frankie Edgar earlier this month, a former lightweight title-holder, and has also beaten the likes of Kenny Florian, Cub Swanson, Chad Mendes, and Urijah Faber.