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Jose Aldo is now DTF Anthony Pettis

Dana White can call off whatever horrible fate he had slated for Jose Aldo should he refuse to face Anthony Pettis – the fight is on and will happen in August! What ever could have convinced Aldo to drop his reservations about the fight? Was it Daddy Dana’s ominous threats? Or his sweeter, more generous side?

Was this whole thing a negotiation tactic by Aldo taken straight out of the Anderson Silva playbook? Or is that possibility a completely stupid assumption spawned from my pot addled brain? It also ignores the very real possibility of Pettis winning – I’m assuming he’s not going to be allowed to immediately move up and challenge for the lightweight belt if he wins. Right time / place considerations and all that. There are featherweight contenders to think of!

But make no mistake: Pettis is a greatest of all time rising before our very eyes. Think about the moves he creates and executes. Stuff you’ve never seen or even contemplated until he did them. Stuff that’s out of a martial arts movie, not reality. And he incorporates it into every fight he has. It evolves. And through him, the sport.

There are just some athletes that push a sport to the next level. Rodney Mullen revolutionized skateboarding, inventing moves and pulling off shit no one thought was possible. He single handedly brought the level of skating and skaters up several notches. You see the same thing in MMA  – with Anderson Silva for example, that front kick of Sensei Seagal’s he hit Vitor Belfort in the face with now pops up all over the place.

Pettis is another one of these guys and not only deserves his featherweight title shot, he deserves a crack at the lightweight strap after he beats Aldo. Unfortunately for him, he might have to pretend he doesn’t wanna fight someone first before getting that kind of deal.

  • agentsmith

    I really don’t get how this is a trade-off for Aldo (not that he should need one). Regardless of Pettis, if Aldo said he wanted to challenge the LW belt, you think Dana wouldn’t jump at the chance for a superfight? When BJ Penn was LW champ, he got a shot at GSP’s belt without having to beat someone at 170 first, and I’d expect no different for Aldo.

  • CAP

    Aldo obviously didn’t like people jumping lines to get his belt so why not give him the same opportunity. He’s talked about getting multiple belts before so this helps that cause. Matchmaking gone wild, all the rules are out the window these days.

    And Pettis is good but he’s not legendary status like a Rodney Mullen yet. But I like the reference.

  • frickshun

    Am I the only one that thinks Bendo is an awful match-up for Aldo? He’s a big, smothering rassler, cardio monster. That’s the exact formula to take out Aldo b/c there’s nobody @ 45 or 55 that will outstrike him & you saw his judicious use of explosive attacks in the last fight. I now realize rd 5 against Hominick was not caused by illness or a bad weight cut.

    PS: This is all bullshit anyway b/c Pettis is waiting til August to fight Aldo when the 155 champ would have been ready to go by then anyway. RUH-TARD!!

  • Voice of Reason

    It’s not a tradeoff for Aldo. Dana prob knew this so he used it to trick Aldo to fight Pettis.

    And yes Bendo is a bad matchup for Aldo. Not saying Aldo won’t win. But if he gasses Bendo can steal Rd 3-5.

  • iamphoenix

    i thought these were the same people

  • CAP

    ^That’s assuming Bendo or Gil come out unscathed. I’d give Benson the edge if it goes to a decision, Aldo if it does not.