Anthony Pettis wants to face Jose Aldo

At the UFC 156 Post Fight Press Conference, UFC President Dana White announced that he received a text from lightweight fighter Anthony Pettis and he wants to take on featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

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“Something interesting happened ten minutes ago,” White said. “Someone texted me and said they want to fight him really bad. Anthony Pettis said I want to move to 145 to fight Jose Aldo.”

Pettis (16-2) is the last WEC lightweight champion and is coming off a TKO victory last weekend at UFC on FOX 6 against Donald Cerrone. Prior to tonight, he had said he would sit out and wait for a title shot in the lightweight division.

After White told the attending media that Pettis was interested in a fight with Aldo, the featherweight champion was open to the fight and believes it would be an interesting fight.

“It’s up to Dana, but I mean that is an interesting fight,” Aldo said. “I train to fight the best, I respect them all, I think to fight Pettis, he’s almost to a title shot in his own division but it would be an interesting fight.”

With both sides interested in the fight, the UFC appears likely to make this fight instead of Aldo facing a fighter that is already in the UFC featherweight division. If the UFC elects to give Pettis the shot, it’s bad news for Ricardo Lamas. He is coming off a victory last weekend against Erik Koch and was hoping he would face the winner of the UFC 156 main event.