Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will go head to head against Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 in August in his native in Brazil in what is being seen as one of the most anticipated matches in the division with two of the purest strikers in the sport going head to head inside the Octagon. And the former Lightweight fighter is confident that his striking ability is something that holds him in very good stead against Junior when they meet.
Aldo himself is a powerful puncher and is known for the laser like abilities he boasts of and has carved out a niche for himself in the sport since his days at World Extreme Cage Fighting or the WEC and then in the UFC and it is this reputation that made Pettis ditch his chance of gold in the 155 lbs division to drop down to 145 lbs and take Junior on.
According to Showtime, he has been fighting wrestlers throughout his life and one of the main reasons he opted to fight against Jose Aldo is because of his striking abilities. He further mentioned that another reason for him to drop down to 145 lbs is because he knows Aldo will test him and he wants to fight the best there is. He admitted that his style of fighting is something that will baffle Aldo because the stand-up technique is something he hasn’t seen much of and will find it difficult to get a training partner with similar attributes.
However, Pettis faces a huge task in front of him with Jose Aldo not having suffered a defeat in eight years in both the WEC and UFC and having beaten the likes of Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar as well as Kenny Florian.