Pettis wants Johnson or Aldo next

Anthony Pettis has set his sights on Michael Johnson or Jose Aldo following a strong start to his campaign in the featherweight division. 

The former UFC lightweight champion beat Charles Oliveira via submission in his featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21 last month. 

Having started on the right foot, the top-ten ranked Pettis is now looking for tougher opponents and believes that Johnson or Aldo fill that category.

Johnson knocked out Dustin Poirier in just 95 seconds at UFC Fight Night 94 on Saturday, while Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision at UFC 200 in July to become the interim featherweight champion. 

“@ufc I'll take @FollowTheMenace Or @josealdojunior,” Pettis said via Twitter. 

Responding to the callout, Johnson said: “If Anthony Pettis fights ’55, I’m pretty sure he dropped to ’45, didn’t he? I’m pretty sure I called him out. Yeah, I called him out a long time ago and he went to ’45. 

“But hey, if he wants to fight, Anthony, I’m your man. I’m all for it. He’s a great ex-champ and he’s a great guy and I would love to fight him.” 

To take on Johnson, he would need to move back up to lightweight, a division he decided to drop following consecutive losses to Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.