Anthony Pettis (16-2) is just over four months away from his clash with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (22-1). In a fight he requested, the former WEC lightweight champion will go toe-to-toe with one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters in his home country of Brazil. Aldo’s 12 fights in the WEC and UFC have been extremely hard to fault, with wins over the likes of Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes and most recently, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. But “Showtime” brings a new set of challenges to the table – not least, his finely-honed and devastatingly unpredictable kicks. Whichever way this one goes, fireworks are guaranteed. Pettis took time out to give MMA Interviews his thoughts on the much-anticipated bout.
“I’ve got a big weight cut to get ready for, so I’m going to do a pre-weight cut in June. Right after this weekend I go back home, start doing my pre-weight cut, see how I feel at 145lbs then see what we have to adjust and change. To make 155lbs, I cut two pounds, probably, three pounds. So it’s not going to be a cakewalk but, I mean, it’s not going to be a problem … The real reason why I want to do it is Jose Aldo, I mean, number three guy pound-for-pound in the world, I want my name on that list and that’s what I’m going down for …. I beat Ben Henderson in his home town for his title, so I think it’s right, he’s the champ and I need to go (to Brazil) and take his belt … I’ve been doing kickboxing and taekwondo my whole life, so I don’t think (leg kicks) are going to be an issue … Me and Henderson will fight again, I mean, that will happen, I don’t plan on staying at 145lbs forever. I’m going down there for Aldo.”
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