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Jose Aldo: Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson Deserve Title Shots, Not Anthony Pettis

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo found his name in the headlines when he woke up Sunday morning following UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche. UFC president Dana White stated that Aldo was refusing to fight Anthony Pettis later this year, saying felt “Showtime” didn’t deserve a title shot.

UFC officials have pegged August for the Aldo-Pettis match, as “Scarface” recently defeated Frankie Edgar, who was making his debut at 145 after competing at 155.

During an interview with the Brazilian news source Tatame, Aldo explained his reasoning for not wanting to meet Pettis.

“Who deserves a chance in the first place is Ricardo Lamas, because you have (defeated) Erik Koch, who was the next contender,” Aldo stated. “He deserves a chance after the victory. Cub Swanson is another that is in a growing (list of contender).”

Pettis was named the No. 1 contender at lightweight, but offered to move to featherweight citing his past decision to wait for a title shot while the belt was tied up.

Aldo said that nothing has been offered to him by the UFC in the form of a contract, and that he would talk with his manager still about the proposed contest.