Written by Connor Northrup @njmmanews
When Anthony Pettis stopped Donald Cerrone in round one at UFC on FOX 6, many believed Henderson-Pettis 2 could be right around the corner if Henderson wins his next fight. As seen before nothing in the UFC is a guarantee and anything can happen. It was rumored that Pettis may make his way down to featherweight to challenge Aldo. That is no longer a rumor as Pettis will make the move to 145 lbs. and will meet Jose Aldo on August 3rd. Jose Aldo defeated former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar this past Saturday by a unanimous decision, now Aldo will meet the former WEC lightweight champion. Now this raises a few question. What happens to top guys of the lightweight and featherweight division? Is this going to be a regular thing with lightweights getting immediate title shots at 145 lbs.? Cub Swanson is preparing to try to win his fourth straight victory by defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC on FUEL TV 7. Also on that same night as Pettis finished Cerrone, Pettis’s training partner Erik Koch was finished by Ricardo Lamas. With the fight not scheduled till August, Lamas will most likely fight one more time, but who? The winner of Swanson vs. Poirier makes sense, but since the pattern has been lightweight, could Clay Guida fight Lamas for the #1 contender spot? Chan Sung Jung would be a great fit, but he is still recovering from his surgery. Since the bout is not till August, Jung could easily re-enter the mix and possibly challenge the top fighters of the stacked featherweight division. With Pettis moving down and Nate Diaz coming off a lost, who could be next after Henderson vs. Melendez. It may seem unlikely, but Gray Maynard, T.J. Grant, Jim Miller, and Pat Healy are all considerations. Who would have thought so much could be said and so much could happen, just because of one fight. This fight will be a great fight no doubt as both are extremely good strikers and both improve more and more with their wrestling and ground game.