UFC lightweight contender Anthony
Pettis will cut to featherweight to challenge 145-pound
champion Jose Aldo at a
to-be-named event on Aug. 3.
UFC President Dana White recently confirmed the booking to USA Today, also noting that a venue
has not yet been selected for the show. No other fights have been
announced for the event, which will likely be headlined by the
featherweight title tilt.
Pettis, 26, was expected to challenge the winner of Benson
Henderson’s April 20 lightweight title defense against Gilbert
Melendez, but it appears “Showtime” did not want to wait for
that result. Instead, the Roufusport product will make his
featherweight debut on the heels of three consecutive victories,
most recently stopping fellow top-10 talent Donald
Cerrone with a first-round body kick at UFC on Fox 6. The WEC’s
final lightweight champion, Pettis has won seven of his last eight
fights and owns 13 of his 16 career triumphs by either knockout or
Aldo was last seen defending his featherweight strap against
another former lightweight in Frankie
Edgar. “Scarface” retained his title in a hard-fought,
five-round contest three days ago at UFC 156. That unanimous
decision win marked the 15th consecutive victory for Aldo, who has
never tasted defeat while competing under the Zuffa umbrella.
Widely regarded as a top 5 pound-for-pound talent, Aldo owns
notable wins over Urijah
Florian and Chad Mendes.