After initially refusing a fight with former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, Dana White is now confirming that the fight will indeed happen August 3. Aldo, though, had a couple conditions attached to accepting the fight.
This is shocking news out of Brazil that will send two divisions into an exciting disarray for fans. While Jose Aldo has been the most dominant featherweight in MMA since 2008, his cut down to 145 lbs is notoriously difficult, and a move up to lightweight has always been in the cards.
For the lightweight division, assuming an Aldo victory, this instantly adds a fearsome top contender that otherwise would not exist. With UFC champion Benson Henderson set to face Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in April, there is no clear next-in-line fighter for a title shot.
While the division is absolutely stacked with talent, fighters like Jim Miller and Gray Maynard they have suffered recent losses that make them tough to market as legitimate contenders. Past them, up-and-comers like Khabib Nurmagomedov and TJ Grant are not well-known among fans. Aldo puts a relatively popular fighter on a collision course for a blockbuster title fight.
In the featherweight division, subtracting Aldo blows the top off a division that has contenders climbing over each other. Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson both have legitimate claims to a title shot as is, and a strong case can be made that Chan Sung Jung is up there as well. Past those three, Clay Guida, Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes could all be in line for a chance to take the gold.
Suffice it to say, exciting things are happening in the UFC today.