Former WEC champion Anthony Pettis has been waiting since his UFC arrival to compete for a title inside the Octagon.
Pettis, though, was forced to ask for a shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo to get his chance, and now he will, as the two are signed to meet at UFC 163 in August.
For “Showtime,” the greatness that is Aldo doesn’t seem to bother him, as he told Bleacher Report during a recent interview.
“Aldo’s in my way, I can’t really think about ‘let’s move back to 55.’ Let’s see what happens at 45 first and then I’ll make my decision from there,” Pettis stated. “155 is my home. I’ve got a guy like Aldo in front of me, that’s enough for me to focus on. Jose Aldo is next and that’s all I’m focusing on.”
Pettis (16-2) has won three straight, including finishes over Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon, since a 2011 loss to Clay Guida. Aldo, meanwhile, is 22-1 and coming off wins over Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and Kenny Florian.