Aldo’s jump to lightweight could come sooner rather than
The UFC featherweight champion is currently slated to defend his
belt on Aug. 3 against former WEC lightweight king Anthony
Pettis. Should he win that fight, “Scarface” will receive an
immediate title shot at 155 pounds, according to UFC President Dana
White, who confirmed the plan to MMAJunkie.com. Aldo also verified
the news on his official Twitter account.
Aldo has addressed an eventual move to lightweight for some time,
but no definitive timeline has ever been set until now. The
26-year-old has gone undefeated under the Zuffa umbrella, joining
the defunct WEC in 2008 and winning the featherweight title the
following year. Two title defenses would follow for Aldo as
champion before the Brazilian was christened UFC king in 2011. Aldo
has defended his title four times in the Octagon, most recently
outpointing former lightweight ace Frankie
Edgar three weeks ago at UFC 156.
Pettis, who makes his 145-pound debut against Aldo, has won seven
of his last eight fights as a lightweight, with only a unanimous
decision defeat to Clay Guida in
2011 marring his record during that span. Much like the
featherweight champion, “Showtime” is known for his superior
striking game and owns 7 of his 16 victories by form of knockout.
Pettis last competed on Jan. 26, when he stopped fellow Top-10
Cerrone with a kick to the liver at UFC on Fox 6.