UFC 156 featured a featherweight championship between the current champ Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Aldo showcased some exceptional striking skills throughout the fight, and Edgar showcased some exceptional speed.
The fight was extremely close, but the judges ultimately awarded the bout to Jose Aldo. Aldo, one of the best finishers in MMA, has seemingly cleared out the featherweight division. However, his next fight may be his toughest to date as the UFC has booked Anthony Pettis to face him.
Pettis is coming off a sterling TKO over Donald Cerrone, which put him next in line for the UFC lightweight championship. However, Ben Henderson was already booked to face Gilbert Melendez, so Pettis elected to drop down to the featherweight division in hopes of claiming his first ever UFC championship bout.
This fight between Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis was revealed by MMA Junkie, and will take pace August 3, 2013. It will be interesting to see what other featherweight fighters like Ricardo Lamas think about this move. Lamas is currently 4-0 in the featherweight division, and Pettis has yet to fight in this division.
Still, it is hard to argue with the bout being made as Pettis is one of the best striker in all of mixed martial arts. His TKO destruction over Cerrone was impressive, and he even landed a dynamic knee off the cage. It’s moves like this that make him unpredictable, which may be the perfect foil for Jose Aldo.
Maybe, Pettis has what it takes to reign in both weight classes if he is able to defeat the dominant champ in Aldo. This fight is a striker’s dream match up, and has a lot of implications behind it.