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.

The 26-year-old Roufusport product recently scored a shocking first-round stoppage of Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 6 two weekends ago. It was Pettis' third win in as many fights and seventh victory out of his last eight appearances.

He will bring his slick striking style into the cage with Aldo, who prior to his win over former UFC lightweight champ Edgar on Saturday night, had won 14 straight fights, including three defenses of his UFC belt, and two others during his reign in the WEC. His bout against Edgar over the weekend was Aldo's first fight in over a year.


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