Anthony Pettis is getting his title shot - but its in the featherweight division.
He has agreed to drop to 145lbs to challenge Jose Aldo, who retained the featherweight title at the weekend with a decision win over Frankie Edgar.
Verbal agreements are in place for the bout and contracts should be in place shortly. It will take place on Saturday August 3.
News of the fight was broken by USA TODAY Sports, who learned of the booking from UFC President Dana White on Monday.
"Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds," White said. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight."
Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are under consideration for the August event, which is yet to be numbered or named. Aldo vs. Pettis is expected to be the headline bout.
Since being installed as the UFC featherweight champion in April 2011 after the WEC was absorbed by the bigger promotion, Aldo has defended the belt four times.
Prior to that he had also fought and won three WEC fights with the featherweight title on the line, making for seven successful title fights in his complete run to date.
Pettis was also a WEC champion, winning the lightweight title from Benson Henderson in the organizations last ever event.
He made his UFC debut in October 2011 against Clay Guida and would have earned a UFC lightweight title shot had he won; instead he dropped a decision.
Since then he has gone 3-0 and has scored ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors in his last two. Pettis was on the edge of a lightweight title shot but saw sense in moving down to featherweight for the Aldo challenge.
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