Jose Aldo is reporting his fighting days are over, but Anthony Pettis isn’t buying it.
Since the UFC announced that Conor McGregor will challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez on November 12th, but will retain his 145 title, Aldo has called for his UFC release. Not only that, Aldo has said he doesn’t want to fight anymore, and won’t be back in the Octagon, even if the UFC offers him a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Well, Pettis recently appeared on “UFC Tonight”, and the former lightweight champ had this to say about McGregor and Aldo (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I was trying to do that when I was champ,” said Pettis, while discussing McGregor’s hope to win belts in two divisions. “Right when I won the belt, I called out Aldo. Conor is winning fights, knocking guys out. He’s winning fights. That was my plan. He’s selling the fights.”
“I want to be two division champ. I want Aldo. If he’s ready, let’s go. He’s more frustrated than trying to retire. He’s not going to retire. He want’s Conor, but Conor is busy. I’m here. My name is big.”
There’s a lot of folks who would love to see Pettis finally fight Aldo. But, as it stands right now, it doesn’t look like we’ll see Aldo back in the Octagon anytime soon. What about Pettis versus Max Holloway?
Pettis is coming off a submission win over Charles Oliveira in August, which marked his featherweight debut. Prior to that “Showtime” had lost three straight to Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.