Shortly after Jose Aldo defeated (and broke) Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 this past weekend (Aug. 3, 2013) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, his head coach, Andre Pederneiras, went on a Brazilian radio show to accuse Anthony Pettis of faking an injury to get out of his proposed bout against "Scarface."
That didn't sit too well with "Showtime," who responded swiftly by calling the statement "stupid" and stating he hopes to fight Aldo after his Lightweight title fight against Ben Henderson at UFC 164, which goes down later this month (Aug. 31, 2013) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
According to Pederneiras, he is willing to apologize to Pettis for his accusations if he manages to defeat "Smooth," vacates his 155-pound title and then drops down to Featherweight for a shot at Aldo's strap.
Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting has the word:
"Andre Pederneiras, Aldo's coach, said if Anthony Pettis beats Ben Henderson, then vacates his belt and drops down and fights Jose Aldo, he will apologize for saying that. I guess he wants the winner of Anthony Pettis and Ben Henderson. Especially if Pettis wins and drops to 145. I believe he truly thinks Anthony Pettis faked the injury and he wasn't pleased with that. So, he wants that fight. I guess that's what happening with him and Anthony Pettis."
While Pettis would love nothing more than to make Pederneiras eat his words by taking on his star pupil, it's unlikely he would vacate his 155-pound belt -- one he's wanted to get his hands on for a few years now -- if he manages to defeat Henderson, which is far from a given.
However, Aldo -- who broke his foot during his title fight against "Korean Zombie" and was treated for kidney stones -- is more than willing to compete 10 pounds heavier if provided with the right opportunity. That's probably not going to happen anytime soon -- "Showtime" has his hands full with "Smooth" and Aldo will likely be out until early 2014.
Then again, should Pettis topple Henderson for a second time, it could come sooner than expected as the heat gets turned up once again.