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Anthony Pettis Accepted Jose Aldo Bout ‘To Fight The Best’

Anthony Pettis has heard all the rumblings that he is scared to face UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Pettis, who was declared the No. 1 contender for the belt, but would have to wait for his shot at the title, has decided to face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight crown this summer.

During a recent interview with, “Showtime” discussed his exact reason for agreeing to face Aldo. And, no, it has nothing to do with running from Henderson – a man he defeated back in 2010.

I’ve been reading some of the blogs and people are claiming I’m scared to fight Henderson, but it’s nothing like that. Aldo’s a great fighter and I’m in this game to fight the best, and fight the fights that people want to see. I think all the fans want to see this fight. You have one of the toughest guys in his division just wrestling it, and he’s considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters. That right there just amuses me and has me interested in this fight.

Henderson will defend his title against Gilbert Melendez in April, and Pettis returned from a long layoff in January to top Donald Cerrone. The former WEC champion stated after the win that he wanted to compete quickly again, but will not face Aldo until August.

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