Jose Aldo has revealed that he is interested in taking on former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Pettis recently moved to the featherweight division and triumphed on his debut as he defeated Charles Oliveira via submission in the third round of their fight at UFC on FOX 21 last month.
Aldo, meanwhile, is currently the interim featherweight champion and since he has not received any indication whether he will get a rematch with featherweight champion Conor McGregor, the Brazilian wants Pettis to be his next opponent.
“If it doesn’t end up happening, I would rather fight against [former UFC lightweight champ Anthony] Pettis,” Aldo told Combate.
Aldo is determined to face McGregor again after the Irishman knocked him out in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 last December to be crowned the new featherweight champion.
Having watched his five-year reign as featherweight champion come to an end in no time at all, Aldo wanted an immediate rematch, but he is still waiting to get his hands on McGregor as the 28-year-old has faced Nate Diaz twice.
McGregor was handed his first-ever UFC loss by Diaz via submission at UFC 196 in March, but avenged his defeat by beating Diaz via majority decision at UFC 202 in August.
Following that fight, UFC president Dana White confirmed that McGregor has to decide whether he will return to the featherweight division and put his title on the line against Aldo or give up his title.
With McGregor seemingly having no interest in facing Aldo again, the 30-year-old has expressed his infuriation as he believes he is capable of beating McGregor and regaining the title he lost last December.
“I’m already frustrated,” Aldo said. “With all these things happening, I’m already really frustrated. Let’s see what happens. Every night I ask god ‘Please give me another chance. Let me get in the Octagon against [McGregor]. I know that it will be different this time.”