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Morning Report: Jose Aldo agrees Anthony Pettis is ‘cutting in line,’ intends to challenge for lightweight belt with win

Let’s be honest with each other for a second. The UFC featherweight division is kind of a mess. Don’t get me wrong, Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis is a monster fight. Two world class, hyper-athletic, insanely creative martial artists locked inside a cage for 25 minutes. I’m all for that. But like Chan Sung Jung mentioned last week, and Ricardo Lamas voiced prior, the bout doesn’t really make much sense in the grand scheme of things. And now you can add Aldo to the list of dissenters. There are already various contenders within the weight class. If someone just shows up and immediately challenges for the belt, he’s cutting in line, and everyone sees that, Aldo told MMA Junkie. I don’t think it’s fair. I think if you’re going to drop down, then prove yourself by first having great fights within the weight class, and then you’ve earned the right to fight for the belt. That’s how I think. But since we’re already booked, no problem. I’ll just go and win that fight. Aldo’s sentiment is a tad surprising considering his previous enthusiasm towards both the Pettis booking and the similar situation regarding Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. But even more surprising — and potentially damaging to the division — is the fact that all of the drama has led Aldo to make a swift decision about his future. If everyone is cutting in line, I might as well do the same thing, Aldo declared. I’d like to move up one division and have an immediate title shot. We took the Pettis fight with this in mind. It’s [set]. Exactly. We put that in (the contract). It’s black and white. When we accepted the Pettis fight, we brought that up right away. Since everyone wants to cut into our line, let’s cut into theirs too. So for those scoring at home, regardless of whether Aldo or Pettis wins the UFC featherweight title at UFC 163, either man is going to want to move up to lightweight as soon as possible. Yeah, I don’t get it either. 5 MUST-READ STORIES Aldo wants 155-pound title. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo discussed his future intentions if he defeats Anthony Pettis at UFC 163. If everyone is cutting in line, I might as well do the same thing, Aldo told MMA Junkie. … I’d like to move up one division and have an immediate title shot. We took the Pettis fight with this in mind. It’s [set]. Exactly. We put that in (the contract). It’s black and white. Diaz update. Nick Diaz’s legal representative, Jonathan Tweedale, discussed the genesis of Diaz’s new promotion WAR MMA and what it would take for Stockton’s favorite son to come out of retirement. The MMA Hour. Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hour are back in your life with another jam-packed episode featuring Rampage Jackson, Pat Barry, Tyron Woodley, Eddie Wineland, Sean McCorkle, Ray Sefo and Nick Diaz’s legal representative Jonathan Tweedale. Saffiedine injury timetable. Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine expects to return to training within four to six weeks without undergoing surgery, according to a post on his Facebook page. Sefo is back. Ray Sefo, president of WSOF, announced intentions to return to the cage and fight at his promotion’s next event, WSOF 4, on August 10, 2013. MEDIA STEW Yesterday’s EA UFC trailer from E3, in case you missed it: The ultimate question: Matt Brown comes looking for you. What do you do? Props to @Steve9418 for the find. Since Dana White was the one who brought up money, Jon Fitch figured he should respond. If you didn’t see Brendan Schaub’s bizarre match against Roberto Cyborg Abreu at Metamoris 2, take a quick look at what you missed. (Here’s the actual match if you want to relive it for some weird reason I can’t fully understand.) (HT: Reddit) So Mark Hunt has a really gruesome staph infection on his left leg. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Chose between knockout or submission, you say? Why can’t we have both? Well this is a Morning Report first. Jake Shields, Aaron Simpson and Georgi Karakhanyan are fighters in a new video game created by PETA. Seriously. You can play it below. (HT: MMA Mania) EARLY FACEOFF UFC 163 !!! instagram.com/p/aZHFBLIjEU/ ”” Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) June 10, 2013 NEW HORIZONS Just saw the first episode of fight master at soho house !! Awesome ! Can’t wait till everyone gets to see this !! ”” Randy Couture (@Randy_Couture) June 10, 2013 @bjornrebney @bellatormma Thank you for supporting my career, I’ll give my best in Bellator. I will be champion! ”” Diego Nunes (@thegunnunes) June 10, 2013 A MESSAGE FROM MR. MOUSASI @danawhite @ufc I hoop I can fight in december against Belfort… I think my fans would love that fight…. ”” Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) June 7, 2013 If fans like me to fight mr. Belfort than they should tweet mr Dana and J.Silva ”” Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) June 10, 2013 PERFECT Nothing says good morning like projectile cat vomit spraying you in the legs ”” Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) June 10, 2013 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Announced yesterday (Monday, June 10, 2013): ONE FC 10: Yasu…

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