Anthony Pettis: UFC lightweight title has more prestige than featherweight strap and can draw more money

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

This probably isn't going to sit well with a lot of folks at 145 pounds...

We finally found out the real reason why Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis is no longer interested in moving down to the featherweight class to challenge reigning division kingpin Jose Aldo in a champion vs. champion "super fight."

He doesn't want to sully his hands with a second-rate strap like "Junior's."

That's according to "Showtime," who wants to step up his productivity after getting benched by another injury, one that will keep him out of the cage for over a year. And if he disposes of Gilbert Melendez after their done playing coach, expect to hear Aldo's name in the mix.

From his conversation with MMA Fighting (via Bloody Elbow):

"I'm done with the injuries. I want to fight 2-3 times a year and defend this belt. I think the 155-pound belt has more prestige. It's better than the 145-pound belt. There is way more competition at 155. I would say Jose Aldo is the biggest competition in both weight classes so it makes sense for him to move up. There is more money at 155 and we could sell a huge PPV."

Sound familiar?

It should. These two have been flirting with a super fight for months. Not surpsingly, neither side could agree on a suitable weight class -- despite this -- and the (cough) "fight" was over long before it ever started. Even UFC President Dana White was unable to make this one happen.

Oh well.

Throw it in the Silva vs. St. Pierre/Jones/Jones Jr. scrap heap, I suppose.

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