Anthony Pettis was the last fighter to defeat current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, as “Showtime” claimed the WEC title from him before the promotion folded.
Now, instead of waiting for a crack at the 155-pound title, Pettis will venture to featherweight, meeting Jose Aldo for the belt this August.
During a recent appearance on UFC Tonight, Pettis explained why he feels Aldo will present more of a challenge than Henderson would.
“He’s one of those guys who has gone through his opponents like crazy, and he just beat the last 155-pound champ (Frankie Edgar),” Pettis said. “Aldo is definitely a tougher challenge for me. I’ve beaten Benson Henderson once and I think I’m going to do it again soon, but right now, Aldo is the guy on my radar.”
Pettis positioned himself for a title match by besting Donald Cerrone in January. After defeating Joe Lauzon in early 2012, he was sidelined for the remainder of the year following surgery.