"If everyone is cutting in line, I might as well do the same thing ... I'd like to move up one division and have an immediate title shot. We took the Pettis fight with this in mind. It's [set]. Exactly. We put that in (the contract). It's black and white. When we accepted the Pettis fight, we brought that up right away. Since everyone wants to cut into our line, let's cut into theirs too."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo tells MMA Junkie that he plans on moving up a weight class and cutting to the front of the contenders line in the lightweight division after he defeats Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 163 on Aug. 3, 2013. "Scarface" feel that if Pettis can drop a weight class and get an immediate title shot, there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to do the same if he is successful against "Showtime" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 26-year-old also claims there is an agreement in his contract stating that he can make such a move. Aldo goes on to say that the move up to 155-pounds as well as cutting to the front of the line isn't just a decision to get back for Pettis doing so, it's actually purely for the challenge and opportunity to become the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes. Moreover, if Aldo can take out Pettis, who was previously the No. 1 contender at lightweight, he would have a pretty strong argument as deserving a chance to challenge the winner of the UFC 164 main event between Benson Henderson and T.J. Grant.
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