Great news for fans of “Show Time” Anthony Pettis. For the first time in his UFC career, Anthony Pettis is getting a UFC Championship fight in the summer! Superb! “Show Time” proved without a shadow of a doubt at UFC on FOX a couple of weeks ago with his TKO victory over Donald Cerrone that he is worthy of a shot, and to see him become a champion in UFC would be phenomenal. Yes he’s getting his shot… but it’s not for the Lightweight Championship . It’s in fact a chance at the Featherweight Championship, currently held by Jose Aldo after he retained the championship on Sunday.
To be honest, it’s a shame that I’m not going to see the highly-anticipated rematch between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis for the Lightweight Championship any time soon. Their first fight absolutely amazed me, and of course, we saw the debut of the Show Time Kick. And Pettis has been relentless in his quest to become Lightweight Champion, and he’s been wanting that shot for a while. So it does surprise me that he’s decided to go down to Featherweight, after wanting the Lightweight belt for so long. But then again, you’ve got to admire the fact that Pettis didn’t want to wait around for the lightweight title shot which could have been a long, long time depending on the outcome of Henderson’s title fight with Gilbert Melendez in April. He’s deserving for a title shot anyway, so if Dana White offered him the shot with Aldo in the summer, why wait for the Lightweight Championship fight which he may have to wait a LONG time for?
However, Jose Aldo isn’t exactly easy pickings. Aldo has proved some serious dominance in the Featherweight division, and Pettis will have to bring his A-Game if he wants to knock off Aldo and become the Featherweight Champion. I mean, let’s took at the Tale Of The Tape…
(NOTE: Apologizes for the blurriness of the table)
Yeah, Aldo’s MMA Record is superior to Pettis, having only lost ONCE before, but Pettis is taller, has better reach than and has a considerable chance against Aldo. Let’s not forget, Pettis is eager as hell to reach the top of UFC, and if he loses this fight, it may take him a while to recuperate. A Must-Win For Both Competitors, and it’s going to be a slobber-knocker of a fight! But in my opinion, it’s time for “Show Time” to hit the big time! Roll on August 3rd!