Well that didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after Anthony Pettis text messaged Dana White that he wanted to fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt, the fight has been put together.
Two of the most dynamic strikers in mixed martial arts will meet Aug. 3 when Anthony Pettis drops from lightweight to 145 pounds to challenge champion Jose Aldo for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight title. USA TODAY Sports learned of the booking from UFC President Dana White on Monday.
“Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds,” White said. “These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight.”
White says the company is seeking a venue for the yet-to-be-announced event and sites in Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are under consideration. Aldo vs. Pettis is expected to headline the card.
Oh thank you MMA Gods! May you continue to smile upon us with thine bounties of glorious fights in 2013! Smite down those who grumble that Pettis has never fought at 145 and let goats rape those who bitch that Ricardo Lamas should have been next for Aldo. By Thor’s hammer, amen.
On the downside though … August is six months away.
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