UFC 163 in Rio: Anthony Pettis will prepare for Jose Aldo in Brazil

Pettis defeated Cerrone in the lightweight and now goes for the featherweight belt. Photo: Al Bello/Zuffa LCC via Getty Images

Pettis defeated Cerrone in the lightweight and now goes for the featherweight belt. Photo: Al Bello/Zuffa LCC via Getty Images

Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will prepare for his fight against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro, GracieMag.com confirmed recently.

Pettis will begin training at Gracie Ilha with Diego and Daniel Moraes, starting on April 17.

Aldo comes from a win over the former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Immediately following the February fight in Las Vegas, Pettis called UFC president Dana White, asking to face the Brazilian.

After some initial reluctancy, Aldo accepted the fight. And if Aldo gets by Pettis, he gets a lightweight title bout with the winner of Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez.

Aldo recently revealed that he would like to make his next title defense in Manaus, his hometown. However, like they did at UFC 142, the UFC will seek hosting the event at the HSBC Arena in Barra da Tijuca.

The organization will likely confirm UFC 163 in Rio soon.

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