UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was originally set to face Anthony Pettis at UFC 163, but an injury forced Pettis off the card. Pettis just needed a few extra weeks to heal, and when TJ Grant was forced out of UFC 164, Pettis was not only able to fight but take the title from Benson Henderson. In the post fight interviews, Pettis said he wants to fight Aldo, and it sounds like UFC President Dana White is interested in the fight. Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras said that they want the fight too, but Pettis has to come down to 145 pounds. At the off chance you thought Aldo was intimidated by Pettis’ actions in the cage on Saturday night in Milwaukee, Aldo has a message for you.
Andre Pederneiras told MMAFighting
“The only thing I want is equal rights. We were not the ones who left the fight in Rio, and I want to see (Pettis) make 145. This fight will happen, don’t worry. We just want equal rights to the Brazilians.”
Jose Aldo on his next opponent:
“I can fight Cain Velasquez if they want. It’s not up to me, I’m not the matchmaker. I want to fight, I’m here to fight. I train everyday to destroy whoever they put in front of me. I’m not scared of anyone. They have two arms and two legs, and I will do my best and win.”
“(Andre) is absolutely right. They forced us to do something and Andre wants something in return. I agree with everything Andre says, and I can fight anyone. Sometimes Dana says things that you better not pay attention. (Dana) knows he promised us things and he knows he has to give us, so that’s why he says those things. We’ll see what happens.”
Aldo’s impression of the fight:
“Technically speaking, it was a good fight for Pettis. He controlled the distance and connected some good kicks. Ben Henderson left his arm there, didn’t know what to do. The champion has to expect everything, needs to be prepared for everything. You can lose in a split second. He left his arm there and the other one got the submission.”
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