A superfight between lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and featherweight champion Jose Aldo has moved one step closer to reality. According to Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras, Aldo is willing to move up a weight class to face Pettis, as long as he doesn’t have to vacate his title to do so.
“Between fighting Pettis at 155 or fighting him at 145, something that’s he’s not used to do, of course I’d rather fight him at 145,” Pederneiras said in an interview with Combate. “If we don’t need to vacate our featherweight title to fight for the lightweight belt, we accept the fight. Aldo will be Pettis’ next challenger for the lightweight title if that’s what the UFC wants.”
The two of them are some of the most exciting fighters on the planet, and a bout at either weight class would be a hot ticket event.
Aldo is currently 23-1, and has defended the featherweight belt five times since his WEC title was promoted to a UFC one in 2011. Pettis meanwhile is 17-2, and took the title from Benson Henderson less than two months ago at UFC 164.