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Video: Anthony Pettis thinks Jose Aldo is a tougher challenge than Ben Henderson

UFC lightweight and now featherweight contender Anthony Pettis discusses his decision to drop down to 145 pounds and challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title this summer with Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian on last night's episode of "UFC Tonight". 

Anthony Pettis to drop down to 145 pounds, challenge Jose Aldo on August 3

Anthony Pettis. Photo by Scott Peterson/MMA Weekly.

Anthony Pettis will indeed make the drop down to 145 pounds in order to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on August 3.

The news was first reported by USA Today, which confirmed the matchup with UFC president Dana White. A venue for the bout has not yet been selected. UFC officials are reportedly looking at Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro as options.

Pettis had stated over the weekend following Aldo's title defense over Frankie Edgar that he would be interested in shedding weight to challenge the Brazilian, even though he is currently on the cusp of a shot at the UFC lightweight belt following Ben Henderson's defense against Gilbert Melendez this spring.

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UFC 156 predictions

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

My predictions are after the jump.

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Five things to watch for: UFC 156

Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Gaspari Nutrition.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff due to suspension. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

After the jump, check out five things that you should watch for during Saturday night's festivities.

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UFC 156 fighters content to let skills take them to titles, rather than talking

Jose Aldo. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

Ever since Chael Sonnen secured a shot at Jon Jones' UFC light heavyweight title, it has become a topic of conversation.

Sonnen again used his trash talk to earn himself a shot at a UFC title. He did so before with a barrage of harsh criticism and veiled threats leading up to his rematch with Anderson Silva. Granted, Sonnen did win a pair of fights against top middleweight competition prior to the loss, but it was his verbal bravado that really set the second meeting between the two in motion.

In a sport that is starting to mix in entertainment to go along with its skill and toughness, is the easy way to a title shot to now talk your way towards it rather than climbing up the ladder through winning fights? The stars of UFC 156's main card don't think so.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 156

Check out the full replay of "Countdown to UFC 156", which premiered last night on Fuel TV. The program previews the main card of Saturday night's event, profiling Jose Aldo's UFC featherweight title defense against former lightweight king Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem's return to action against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

Also detailed is former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans meeting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jon Fitch taking on jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Maia.

Video: UFC 156 Extended Preview

Check out the UFC's extended preview of UFC 156, which takes place this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar in his debut at 145 lbs. 

Former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will return to action for the first time in over a year against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the co-main event. The stacked main card will also feature Rashad Evans, Jon Fitch and Joseph Benavidez among others.

The Daily Recap: Back to England, Firas Wants Diaz & More

Nick Diaz. Photo property of UFC.

The UFC has announced that they’ll be returning to London, England on February 16, 2013 at the Wembley Arena. While no fights have been announced, it is being reported that the card will be UFC on Fuel TV 7.

It looks like Nick Diaz is getting consideration for a UFC welterweight shot again… At least by Tristar head trainer Firas Zahabi. Zahabi told MMA Junkie, "I think Diaz is the guy who deserves it most. His fight with Carlos (Condit) was so close. Who knows? People judge it both ways.”

Of course, Johny Hendricks is current front runner after he stopped Martin Kampmann at UFC 154. Diaz is still sidelined, serving the remainder of his suspension for testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

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UFC Announces Canadian Lineup for 2012; Aldo and GSP in Promotional Plans

Jose Aldo. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

The UFC today announced a trio of events on Canadian soil for this year, starting off with the promotion's first-ever event in Calgary, Alberta in July and followed by returns to Montreal and Toronto in September and November respectively.

Jose Aldo's latest featherweight title defense will headline UFC 149 on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. An opponent for Aldo has yet to be announced. In addition, the UFC will return to Toronto, Ontario for UFC 152 on September 22, but a venue has not yet been chosen for the event.

Longtime UFC welterweight king Georges St. Pierre is also targeting a potential return to action at UFC 154 in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec on November 17 at the Bell Centre, which will hang on the success of his rehab more than anything else.

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Video: Aldo Brings Maynard in to Prepare for Mendes’ Wrestling

In preparation for his UFC 142 featherweight title defense against undefeated Team Alpha Male member and former All-American wrestler Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo has brought in former two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard to work on his wrestling.

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