UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo did his part to set up a potential showdown against lightweight champion Anthony Pettis by dominating Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169.
Aldo once again put his Muay Thai background to good use in New Jersey by unleashing his combination of brutal leg kicks and crisp striking to produce a 49-46 victory on all three of the judges’ scorecards. It was his sixth successful title defense and his 17th consecutive victory. With Aldo having pretty much cleaned out the 145 pound division and with no clear cut No. 1 contender at 155 pounds, it’s the perfect time for an Aldo-Pettis matchup to be made.
Pettis is currently recovering from knee surgery and is targeting a July return. “Showtime” and Aldo were initially set to square off at UFC 163 in Brazil, but those plans were derailed because of a Pettis injury. Pettis showed that he hadn’t forgotten about the talented Brazilian when he called Aldo out in his post-fight interview after defeating Benson Henderson to win the lightweight belt at UFC 164. A matchup between the two exciting champions would be one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.
As for Lamas, he turned in a game effort against Aldo, but in the end was simply outclassed. He did have some strong moments in the fifth round when he was able to rain down some effective punches on the champion from dominant top control. While “The Bully” saw his four fight win streak come to an end, he did show that he will be a tough test for anyone in the 145 pound division.
Aldo accomplished his goal by producing another victory against a fighter some regarded as his toughest challenge to date. He got by Lamas in relatively easy fashion and now the SUPERFIGHT with Pettis seems to be a good bet to happen in the summer. If that should happen, perhaps Cub Swanson vs. Chad Mendes will be the fight to make to determine the next featherweight champion. Both of those top contenders are currently riding five fight win streaks.