UFC president Dana White says featherweight champion Jose Aldo (22-1) is refusing to give Anthony Pettis (16-2) a title shot. The UFC have already announced the fight, with Pettis opting to drop to 145lbs despite securing a shot at the 155lbs bout vs Benson Henderson (18-2). Speaking to reporters after UFC 157, White said it would be in Aldo's best interests to take the fight.
"Jose Aldo came out and said, ‘there's no way in hell I'm fighting Pettis. He's absolutely refusing to fight Pettis - doesn't think he deserves the shot. (Aldo's manager, Andre Pederneiras) sat down with me and Lorenzo and he said, 'we don't think he deserves it.' I said, ‘What do you mean, you don't think he deserves it?' I said, ‘Are you out of your **** mind? Are you serious, did you seriously just ask that question?' It's like if Aldo wanted to move up to 155lbs, we're going to say he's not the No. 1 contender? What are you talking about. That fight's on ... He's going to fight Pettis or he's not going to like how this is going to turn out."