Following the annual Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Super Bowl weekend pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza, the biggest news coming out of the post-fight festivities was a potential "super fight" between Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and his Featherweight counterpart Jose Aldo.
During an appearance FOX Sports 1's "FOX Sports Live" last night, UFC President Dana White made it clear what he thinks would make sense if Aldo were to vacate his 145-pound title to fight "Showtime."
“I’m not making a fight announcement here or anything – but what would make sense is Cub Swanson and Chad Mendes would probably be fighting for that title, and Pettis and Aldo would fight at 155.”
There you have it, Cub Swanson vs. Chad Mendes -- a rematch from World Extreme Cagefighting's (WEC) 50th edition back in 2010, which Mendes won via decision -- would likely determine Aldo's heir. However, we are far from that happening, with Aldo's camp wanting a 150-pound catchweight match and Pettis wanting "Scarface" to come up to 155 pounds.
Nonetheless, if the "super fight" between Pettis vs. Aldo does ultimately come to fruition, Mendes battling Swanson for the vacant 145-pound strap would make the most sense. With Ricardo Lamas losing decisively to Aldo, "Money" and "Killer Cub" are the clear-cut interchangeable number one contenders -- both currently are in the midst of five-fight win streaks (and each have knocked out four of the five).
Indeed, the options are good for two of the deepest divisions in UFC.