So all we need now is a healthy Pettis?
Only thing is with me is pettis hasn't even defended the belt yet but is still possibly going to get a superfight now even though there are plenty of guys who still ahven't gotten their shot at lightweight.
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Coach: Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis 'super fight' should be contested at catchweight to protect both UFC titles
Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with that course of action, including Aldo's longtime Nova Uniao coach, Andre Pederneiras, who told told Ta na Area (via MMA Fighting) that perhaps a 150-pound catchweight bout will better serve the promotion.
"(A catchweight) would be interesting for both, they would keep the belts and do the fight everybody wants to see. Nobody wants to take the other's title, we want to see the fight and do a great show for everybody. Aldo would move up a little, Pettis cuts a little, and it's good for everybody... I always say that the next fight is always the toughest. It's going to be just like another fight. I think that Aldo has all the weapons to beat Pettis. I don't see many advantages for Pettis in this match-up."
i could be interpreting that wrong but that's what it sounded like to me. and im Surprised considering FG is one of the most thought provokng and intelligent MMA poster (and fellow Torontonian) on here.
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I have a LOT of admiration for Pederneiras, but I disagree with him here. I'm fine with Superfights if they don't hold up title defense schedules. A catchweight would hold FW and LW hostage. With nothing left on the horizon but rematches, Aldo has cleared out FW, and he's stated that he's ready and willing to move up to LW, I say let him. I'm a mark for Aldo, I think he beats Pettis.Originally Posted by Pederneiras
But don't hold belts hostage for super fights. It was a stupid idea when Anderson was whining about Georges, it's a stupid idea here, too.
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My take is that since any fighter can lose and any time(and in a GP, you're locked into whatever the results are match-up wise) and given that Fedor at this point had already dropped the fight to Werdum, it would've made the most sense to either A.) book him in a first round rematch against Werdum and hype it as "THE REMATCH", which would've garnered major interest given the history B.) book Fedor in the long rumoured Overeem bout in the first round, something of a Past vs. Future bout to possibly build Overeem if he were to best Fedor and be billed as a battle of "the two most feared HWs on the planet", or C.) book Fedor against Barnett, the long awaited, uber-fantasy matchup that nearly, kinda sorta, almost happened at the never-went-down Affliction 3, that many die hards wanted to see. I appreciate the expectation that "Fedor will dominate everyone, so don't sweat Bigfoot", but IMO, it was an unnecessary gamble given the tourney format and far more alluring alternatives.
Just, from a matchmaking standpoint, I think the Bigfoot matchup was idiotic and bad business while there's BIG money on the table for better, more meaningful bouts. I'm not decrying that they should've protected Fedor or had him avoid certain fighters, but more that there were three far superior choices to match him up with, all which carried similar threats of defeat. Fedor should've been booked in a way where he'd go through some combination of Overeem and Werdum, then to the finals against Barnett, or have the brackets filled more evenly, placing either Bigfoot or Overeem on the other end, to possibly meet Fedor in the finals, or at the very least, give Barnett more of a run for his money, since he walked up both Kharatonov and Rogers like they were nothing.
Hope that makes things a tad clearer now, but let me know if there's any other points of contention, but I think there may be a tad misunderstanding of where I was going in the earlier post.....
Manager: If Jose Aldo doesn't move up to 155, then Anthony Pettis will fight someone else
Mike Roberts, manager for the lightweight champion, told MMA Fighting that the original agreement -- made in the wake of Aldo's win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 -- was to have the Brazilian vacate the title and move up to 155 pounds, rather than meet somewhere in the middle.
"It's not an option that was given to us. [The UFC] wants the fight at 155 pounds. The way we understand it is that Aldo doesn't want give up his featherweight title, so fighting Pettis is not an option at this point. We're interested in Anthony defending his belt against the top guys at 155. If Aldo doesn't want to fight for the belt, we'll fight someone else."
If Aldo moves up, UFC boss says Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson makes sense for featherweight title
White believes a showdown between Chad Mendes and Cub Swanson would make sense to determine a new UFC featherweight champion.
“It would probably be – listen, I’m not making a fight announcement here or anything – but what would make sense is Cub Swanson and Chad Mendes would probably be fighting for that title, and Pettis and Aldo would fight at 155,” White said while a guest on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1′s “FOX Sports Live.”
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I wonder if Aldo calling for a CW has something to do with wanting PPV points or something extra, because I don't really see how Aldo and his people could logically believe they're in any kind of spot to really call their shot here. Pettis has nothing to gain by doing a CW and add in that they'd be tying up both titles, I really don't see Aldo getting his way and am curious to see how this unfolds.
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