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The MMA Superfight Edition: Anthony "Showtime" Pettis vs. Jose "Scarface" Aldo

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“Scarface”.

“Showtime”.

Nicknames for two undeniable badasses.

Its movie screen material of the hardcore variety with a litany of skills. It also sounds like some sort of modern renaissance version of high octane Hollywood mayhem in a sequel starring Al Pacino. “Scarface: LA Confidential” has rather nice ring to it ;).

Anyway - this is lexical semantics - but the octagon is real and doesn't mince words.

Neither does the electrifying Brazilian sensation and UFC featherweight boss Jose “Scarface” Aldo, or the reigning UFC juggernaut and defending lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

I don’t know where exactly UFC head honcho Dana White wants to stage this “superfight” (and it is that), but I don’t give a damn if it’s in French Lick, IN, “I’M IN” (…and so are you).

What’s not gonna happen is another GSP vs. Anderson Silva situation, where the two of them just kinda stayed where they were (in the welterweight and middleweight divisions respectively) and dominated opposition on their way to legendary status while never demonstrating what they would've done with each other .

That won’t happen here.

The UFC has to make this fight and Dana White. The one thing I love about him (and MMA in general) is no wasting of time getting key fights made. Oh no, there won’t be any Pacquiao vs. Mayweather bull**** on this thing. White knows that this is the key fight, and he has a habit of opening the door while opportunity is still knocking.

They have a proposed 150lb “catchweight” and other minor situations to be resolved, but I believe they will be.

Though Pettis, 27, is a brand new lightweight champ coming off of a knee injury and subsequent repair, he has more than shown the stuff of greatness and has an “it” quality about him.

He’s just box-office material. The former firefighter is explosive and combustible, charismatic and extremely dangerous.

Jose Aldo has won 17 straight fights in his run to superstardom. At 27 and still peaking, this is right around the same time when St. Pierre and Silva solidified eternal greatness.

With the best all-around and most versatile Muay Thai game on the planet, he will unravel and finish you, and has completely dismantled the featherweight division while leaving no identifiable challenge in front of him.

And oh, let’s throw in he’s trains with UFC bantamweight champion badass Renan Barao.

But see the problem is, none of that matters to Anthony Pettis, because when it’s “Showtime” for their showdown- he’s capable of beating Aldo.

The question is… Will he?

Jose “Scarface” Aldo vs. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

For starters, this fight definitely has to be a title fight, with Pettis’s lightweight title on the line. Pettis hasn't cleaned out the division, wasn't healthy enough to face Josh Thomson on UFC at FOX 9, and has fighter’s like T.J. Grant and Gilbert Melendez complaining about the hold up in the division.

They have a point.

It’s adjacent to Andre Ward’s super middleweight absence in Boxing because of shoulder surgery. All the WBC did was stick an undeserving umbrella in him and press the open button for being on the shelf (a completely disrespectful and asshole move on Ward in stripping him for non-defense).

Anyway, Pettis coming back and defending his title against Aldo, is the equivalent of Ward coming back off surgery to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. And while I think Ward would’ve beaten Golovkin (in an UNBELEIVABLY difficult fight), I don’t think Pettis can beat Aldo.

Aldo can fight with bona fide and top-notch middleweights if he wanted, and his training exploits in Brazil are legendary. While Pettis boasts an impressive arsenal and an aggressive array of Taekwondo and BJJ skills, it’s just not enough to offset the sublime skill set of Aldo.

The pick here is “Scarface” by late submission, and I can’t wait to see this classic superfight.

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