Moments into the UFC 156 post-fight press conference, fans were teased with interesting news from Dana White. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis had expressed interest in a super-fight opportunity with Jose Aldo, UFC Featherweight Champion moments after his previous "super-fight" with former UFC Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar.
Now after being teased with the idea of a dream fight between two of the most technical strikers in the lighter divisions of the UFC who know exactly how to utilize their kicks, UFC has announced a confirmed bout between Aldo and Pettis for the August 3rd card.
This a dream fight, the level of striking prowess that will brought into the cage by these two warriors may very well be unmatched in the UFC to date.
One could argue a strong case for either fighter taking advantages in this fight. It's hard to pick a clear favorite though. Aldo is a dominant champion and very much at home at 145, but Pettis is one of the best of the 155 lbs division and in line for a title shot in his own weight class.
Aldo will have a distinct advantage in that he's use to the weight cut for 145 and knows exactly how it feels to be at that weight. He's also the top dog in his division and has no reason to lose confidence in himself after having already beat one, 155 lbs champion in Edgar. He'll be rolling on momentum for this fight.
Will the weight cut take anything out of Pettis? Are we going to see a slower more drained Pettis in the fight? Or will he be more comfortable at a smaller weight, being of a small build for lightweight?
Assuming he comes into the fight at 100% or as close as possible, Pettis brings a dynamic arsenal of strikes to the fight. We've seen him pull off moves that are almost action movie like. The off the cage roundhouse kick he landed on current UFC Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson, comes to mind immediately. He's unpredictable and very crafty on his feet to say the least.
If both fighters show up at the top of their game, expect fireworks ladies and gentlemen.