Dana White Says Jose Aldo's Manager is Making Featherweight Champion Look Scared of Anthony Pettis
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.01.2013
White believes that gives Pettis an advantage...
UFC President Dana White spoke with reporters in a post-fight media scrum after UFC 164 and talked about a potential match-up between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and new lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. According to White, some recent statements by Aldo's manager, Andre Pederneiras, about Pettis make it seem like Aldo is scared of Pettis. Below are some highlights:
White on Pettis getting an advantage over Aldo: "Here's the thing. You can tell 100 percent Anthony Pettis is willing to go wherever it takes. I know that Jose's coach is saying, 'Bro, he can come down here at 145.' Because they think [Pettis would] be at a disadvantage whereas I actually think he'd be at a huge advantage at 145. He's big, strong...I mean, for his manager to come out, this is what drives me crazy about managers. I love him. He's a good guy. I've known Andre for years. But when you come out and make a statement like that, you make it look like your guy is afraid of him. You make it look like Aldo is afraid. And that might not be Aldo's same opinion. It might be his manager saying, 'This is what I want to happen here.' But it makes it look like he's afraid of Anthony Pettis, which already gives Anthony Pettis an advantage."
White on if a champion would have to relinquish their belt to make a fight between the two: "I don't know. Who knows? Like I said, this fight happened 45 minutes ago. I'm not even thinking about that right now."