On Saturday, Feb. 2, the UFC held UFC 156 from the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event featured a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The fight marked one of the most-anticipated superfights in recent memory.

Aldo bested Edgar by unanimous decision after five, hard-fought rounds to retain his featherweight strap. The Brazilian moved to 4-0 in the UFC and has tasted defeat just once in his career, in 2005. The win moved his winning streak to 15 and his record to 22-1 overall.

Following the fight, UFC President Dana White announced at the UFC 156 post-fight press conference that lightweight Anthony Pettis would like to drop down and challenge the Brazilian.

Pettis is coming off a dominating performance against Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 6 in which he became the first man to finish Cerrone with strikes. After the bout, White stated that the final WEC champion Pettis had earned the right to face the winner of the UFC on Fox 7 lightweight title bout between current champion Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez.

Now it appears that Pettis does not want to wait that long and has his eyes set on one of the pound-for-pound best in Aldo.

When asked about the potential match-up, Aldo called the fight “interesting” and seemed open to the challenge. The Brazilian claimed he would face any fighter in any weight class if the UFC asked him to do so.

The 145-pound division has been absent of a clear-cut, No. 1 contender since Aldo dismantled Chad Mendes by knockout at UFC 142. Fighters such as Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson have all been mentioned as potential challengers for Aldo, but with Pettis throwing his name into the mix, the UFC’s next move is up in the air.

Photo: Anthony Pettis (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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  • Robby C.

    I could see Pettis dropping down and getting an eliminator fight with Edgar, but to give him a direct title shot at FW is ridiculous.