Jose Aldo has been one of the most dominant fighters inside the UFC, and some would even say he is the third best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. This was clearly evident when he took on Frankie Edgar, who is a pound-for-pound great fighter in his own right.
In this featherweight title fight, Aldo was able to land some devastating leg kicks on Edgar and controlled the pace for the first three rounds. Aldo wasn’t able to get the finish, which is a testament to the durability and determination of Edgar.
Even more impressive was the fact that Edgar was the former lightweight champion, and Aldo was still able to remain supreme. One can only imagine what would happen if Aldo moved up to the lightweight division. Now, Aldo is set to face another dynamic lightweight fighter in Anthony Pettis. Pettis was originally set to face Ben Henderson for a lightweight title, but a spot opened up to fight with Aldo and he jumped at the chance. This move could prove to be genius as a win for Pettis would be the biggest of his career.
This super-fight has the makings to be Fight-Of-The-Year, and it will be entertaining to simply watch the striking battle. Both have shown to have dynamic punches and kicks. Pettis, one of the best strikers in the UFC’s lightweight division, is synonymous with his “Showtime Kick”, where he was able to land a kick on Henderson’s face after jumping off the cage. It’s this type of technique and dynamic striking that give Pettis such a good chance against Aldo.
For Pettis, he wants to become a champion, and he has a great chance against Aldo. Aldo is fighting for his legacy, and a win over Pettis might coerce him to move up to lightweight, where he could potentially face Henderson. Whatever happens in the fight, it has the potential to end violently, and the winner becoming a pound-for-pound great fighter.