White: "If he moves to 155, he stays at 155"
Earlier this week it was revealed that if Jose Aldo could defeat Anthony Pettis later this year he would earn a title shot in the lightweight division, and thus try to do what only B.J Penn and Randy Couture have done, capture two championships in two different divisions. However, as Dana White revealed, there was a catch to the stipulation.
White appeared on UFC Tonight to deliver a message to Aldo and his camp:
"He said that after Aldo beats Pettis, [Aldo] wants to move up to 155 and fight there," said UFC President Dana White on "UFC Tonight." "I said that was fine, but one of the managers called and said there was a misunderstanding, that he wants to go to 155, win the title, and go back to 145.
"That's not happening. If he moves to 155, he stays at 155, and he holds that belt. If Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is going to have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple of times."
As outstanding as it would be to see a fighter hold two titles at the same time, it's not the right move for a promotion who bases most of their events on title fights. For instance, say Aldo were to win both titles, he would presumably have to carry a workload of two fighters. That means twice as much media and fights, a feat that is quite frankly damn near impossible for any competitor to handle. Not to mention he would also be holding up two divisions full hungry fighters looking for their shot.
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