UPDATE: Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis once again official, Aldo gets LW title shot with win

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After initially refusing to fight Anthony Pettis, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has agreed to defend his title against Showtime in August. And according to Andre Pederneiras, Aldo will get a lightweight title shot if he beats Showtime.

The UFC featherweight title will be defended this August after all. Champion Jose Aldo initially refused to fight Anthony Pettis, citing the UFC rankings and that Pettis did not deserve to fight him. Then we told you not even a few hours ago that Aldo was willing to fight Pettis but in a non-title bout. Well it looks like Aldo has changed his tune and he will be fighting Pettis in his next title defense. UFC president Dana White tweeted out the news:

Damon Martin of Bleacher Report expanded a bit on White's confirmation:

The original fight date for Aldo/Pettis was August 4th, exactly one week after UFC on FOX 8, indicating that this will probably be a PPV event. It is unknown if the fight will remain in its original August 4th slot, but we do know that for the time being Jose Aldo is once again defending his title against a lightweight with 0 featherweight bouts.

UPDATE: Aldo will receive a shot at the Lightweight title if he's able to defeat Pettis.

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