An interesting thing happened following Jose Aldo’s win over Frankie Edgar on Saturday night: Anthony Pettis text messaged Dana White and said he wanted next dibs on Aldo. White, currently low on big name opponents for his latest Brazilian killer, was understandably intruiged by that possibility. And just to reassure you Anthony wasn’t just all hyped up on 12 dollar arena beer and pretzels, here he is on the MMA Hour explaining why he wants to make the jump:
“I’m tired of waiting, man,” Pettis admitted on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I’m just tired of getting passed up. Who knows what happens in the lightweight fight. Who knows what injuries are going to occur and how long that’s going to take.
“I was in the same position twice. I was there, I was the next guy in line, and it all depends on who the UFC wants to see fight. That’s what it’s all about. I think it’s who sell the tickets, who can sell the pay-per-views, and who do the fans want to see fight.”
Just to remind you of the scenic route Pettis continues to travel en route to a title shot, he finished up his WEC run by cage-kicking Ben Henderson’s face off and claiming the WEC belt. He was supposed to face the winner of Edgar / Maynard 1, but you know what happened then: Edgar / Maynard 2. Pettis found himself fighting Clay Guida, who clipped his wings and got on top of him enough to win a decision. Now a year and a half later, Showtime has finally climbed back up to the contender’s circle only to find himself behind Gilbert Melendez, who fights Bendo in three months.
So rather than wait for that fight or any complications that might arise from it, Pettis is electing to drop a weight class and take on Jose Aldo. That certainly sounds better than waiting until the fall to see him again. The dude is a warrior poet and his fights are like works of art. Putting him on the shelf for half a year causes a single tear to roll down the cheek of Native Americans everywhere. Anyone that suggests it should be found guilty of crimes against MMA and go straight to buttseks jail.