The UFC Should Book Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis In 2018

Moments ago,  Jose Aldo was defeated by Max Holloway in their rematch for the UFC Featherweight championship. The second straight loss to Holloway signifies the 3rd loss in four fights as well as a dead-end in the division. This is because there is no realistic way for him to showcase how he has improved his skills by facing fighters who he already beat.

Due to the current state of Jose Aldo’s career, the company should look to book him at lightweight vs. an opponent who is on a prolonged losing streak and will allow him to showcase his fighting style. During his UFC tenure, Aldo has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Jose is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives him an opportunity to use the right leg kick without having to worry about the opponent catching the kick. For instance, during his fight against Ricardo Lamas, Jose feinted or threw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right. The strategy forced Lamas to elevate his hands by a couple of inches to shield his face from the punches. As a result, Jose had an open window to throw and land the right leg kick because Lamas’s hands were out of range to catch the kick. Eventually, the strategy helped Jose Aldo pick up a unanimous decision victory over Ricardo Lamas.

Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas Fight Video – UFC 169

Therefore, one can argue that Anthony Pettis is the perfect opponent for Jose Aldo to face in his next fight. During his career, Pettis has developed a pattern of stocking his opponents until he is within striking range. If Pettis is successful, he will repeatedly throw the straight right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. Once this happens, Pettis begins to target the midsection of his adversaries with a right knee or kick to the area. As a result of Pettis’s fighting style, Jose Aldo doesn’t have to worry about kicks being caught which will allow him to showcase his fighting style. Not only is Anthony Pettis a favorable matchup for Jose Aldo but he is also on a prolonged losing streak. According to Sherdog.com, Anthony Pettis has lost five of his last seven fights in the UFC.

Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis Full Fight

Furthermore,  Jose Aldo was previously scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 because there were no real challenges in the featherweight division. Unfortunately, Pettis was forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury he sustained. As a result, the UFC can use their history to showcase how they were scheduled to meet in a super fight, but injuries derailed the opportunity. However, since that moment,  their respective careers have taken a nose dive, and now they’re once again in need of each other, but this time it is merely to get their careers back on track.

Bobby Lashley Should Be Competing In Grand Championship Matches In The Near Future

Over the past month, there have been several reports that some people from American Top Team are trying to convince Bobby Lashley to reduce his wrestling schedule. In fact, according to PWInsider, “there’s been some pressure from America’s Top Team about Bobby Lashley concentrating full-time on MMA pursuit…. in regard to that situation”. Even though these reports seemed to be real at first, it now appears as if somebody within GFW leaked this information to the media to set up a future angle for Lashley. This is because GFW shot a segment at the American Top Team gym where the owner Dan Lambert and several other fighters; were giving their input on whether Lashley should focus on MMA or continue to do pro wrestling and MMA.The following week, GFW showed a segment where Jeff Jarrett went to the gym in hopes of reaching a compromise with Dan Lambert; that would allow Lashley to continue his wrestling career.  As a result of this, it appears that American Top Team has no problems with Lashley working for GFW; because if the team did they wouldn’t have given the company permission to film at the gym. Furthermore, if the reports are true why would GFW publicly acknowledge that one of their biggest stars is being pressured to leave wrestling by his MMA coaches.

As a result of this, GFW should set up a storyline where they shoot a bunch of segments that revolve around Lashley talking to GFW officials or ATT coaches about his plans. For instance, GFW could film a segment where he is meeting with ATT coaches to discuss what are the benefits of putting wrestling on the backburner and focusing on MMA. Eventually, he realizes that both sides bring up good points and starts thinking about possible solutions that satisfy both parties. After a few weeks of deliberation, he decides that he should incorporate his MMA training into matches. For example, every time he enters the ring his mindset will be to take down the opponent to land punches until the referee stops the match or they go unconscious. Unfortunately, he will dominate matches but end up losing because the opponent can slap on a submission out of nowhere or he doesn’t listen to the referee which causes a disqualification. Due to this, he concludes that it is impossible to do a standard match with an MMA style.

Therefore, he decides to set up a big meeting with GFW officials and ATT coaches to announce his retirement from pro wrestling. However, during the meeting, GFW officials bring up the idea of him competing in Grand Championship matches as a way to satisfy both sides. The idea behind this new belt/division was to introduce a new match style to fans where wrestlers would compete under MMA style rules. This contest consists of three separate rounds with a three-minute time limit per round and a ten point must scoring system. Once GFW officials explain the concept to ATT coaches, they conclude that it is an adequate solution that will make both sides happy.