Well, this sure went south in a hurry.
Earlier today, the Jose Aldo camp proposed a future "super fight" against Anthony Pettis (read it) at a catchweight of 150 pounds, allowing both "Junior" and "Showtime" the ability to put on a show without causing a logjam in each of their respective divisions.
Mike Roberts, manager for the lightweight champion, told MMA Fighting that the original agreement -- made in the wake of Aldo's win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 -- was to have the Brazilian vacate the title and move up to 155 pounds, rather than meet somewhere in the middle.
"It's not an option that was given to us. [The UFC] wants the fight at 155 pounds. The way we understand it is that Aldo doesn't want give up his featherweight title, so fighting Pettis is not an option at this point. We're interested in Anthony defending his belt against the top guys at 155. If Aldo doesn't want to fight for the belt, we'll fight someone else."
I guess "Showtime's" willingness to drop weight was a one-time deal.
Not that it matters. Pettis is currently riding the pine as he recovers from knee surgery. Early estimates put him back inside the Octagon in July; however, there are several key match-ups between now and then that could take precedence over a fantasy fight.
Which at this pace, could be over before it ever gets started.