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UFC President Dana White recently addressed the report that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will move up to fight for the lightweight belt if he beats Anthony Pettis this summer, saying "Scarface" -- or any other champions for that matter -- won't be "jumping around" weight classes.
"If [Jose Aldo] moves to 155, he stays at 155 and he holds that belt. And if [Anthony] Pettis wins the fight, Pettis going to have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple times, then he can move to 155...there's not going to be all this jumping around."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White addressed the idea of UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo -- or 145-pound No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis -- being a dual-division champion on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, simply saying it's not going to happen. News recently surfaced (read all about it here) that "Scarface" been promised an immediate title shot at 155-pound champion Benson Henderson if he can get by "Showtime" this summer. That is still the case, however, White said there was a miscommunication. Aldo's camp believed the Brazilian would move up and attempt to become a dual-division champion, while White was under the impression the move would be permanent. Apparently Pettis' camp requested the same stipulation if he can get by Aldo, and the end result is having no real answer on what's going to happen next, we just know from White's statement that there won't be any back-and-forth. Pettis, however, would still seemingly hold his 155-pound No. 1 contender spot behind Gilbert Melendez even in defeat ... at least for now. Aside from the "super fight" between welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and then lightweight B.J. Penn at UFC 94 in Jan. 2009, the UFC has never set up a situation where a fighter could hold two belts in two weight classes at the same time. Penn was defeated on that night and the situation never became a reality. And it may remain that way for the foreseeable future.