Anthony Pettis shocked many after deciding to cash in his lightweight No. 1 contender spot against featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Pettis found success as lightweight, winning the WEC’s lightweight title right before they ceased operations by beating Benson Henderson. Currently, Henderson serves as the UFC lightweight champion.
“[Aldo] has not faced anyone like me, but I also have not fought anyone like him,” said Pettis to TATAME. “Definitely will be a difficult fight for both of us. It is harder than Ben Henderson.”
At the final WEC show, Pettis scored a decision opposite Henderson. It ended Henderson’s year plus reign. Recently, Pettis took back-to-back first round Knockout of the Night honors when he met Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone to land atop the UFC ranks.
Aldo is 22-1 and been champion since 2009. He has spoken about moving to lightweight following the Pettis bout.
They headline UFC 163 from Brazil’s HSBC Arena. It will be on August 3.