UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has recently expressed an interest in fighting UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Surprisingly though, he’s not gunning for a catch-weight superfight, he wants to challenge Pettis at lightweight.
“I want it at lightweight,” Aldo said in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com.
Aldo is the first champion of the UFC’s featherweight division. He was originally the WEC Champ, but the UFC decided to move the featherweight division over to its own roster, so Aldo moved with it, and brought his belt too. Since then, he has been nothing short of spectacular, winning 5 straights fights in the UFC. He holds wins over notable MMA fighters such as Frankie Edgar, Kenny Florian and Urijah Faber.
Anthony Pettis most recently captured the UFC lightweight crown by submitting then champ Benson Henderson via armbar in the first round. He has won four straight fights in the UFC since losing his debut to Clay Guida in 2011.
“I give great importance to superfights,” Aldo added to MMAjunkie.com. “Once you are a champion, you are a small part of history, but to win in other weight classes, that’s very rare, like B.J. Penn and Randy Couture. That will always be remembered in the history of the UFC and of MMA itself. When people talk about MMA legends, those two names are brought up because they succeeded in more than one weight class. Whoever wants to be the best, and be recorded in history, it’s necessary to win these superfights.”