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By Brian Knapp Mar 2, 2013
Jose Aldo will defend his title on Aug. 3. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Jose Aldo has one more reason to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight crown against Anthony Pettis this summer.

Aldo is scheduled to put his 145-pound title on the line against the former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion on Aug. 3. Should he emerge victorious, the Brazilian will receive an immediate title shot at 155 pounds, according to UFC President Dana White.

Anchored at the revered Nova Uniao camp, Aldo will carry a 15-fight winning streak into his next appearance. The 26-year-old last appeared at UFC 156 in February, when he took a unanimous decision from Frankie Edgar at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. A frightening striker who also holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Aldo has delivered 15 of his 22 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Pettis has established himself as one of MMA’s most dynamic fighters. The 26-year-old Milwaukee native last fought at UFC on Fox 6 in January, when he cut down Donald Cerrone with a first-round liver kick at the United Center in Chicago. A protégé of former world kickboxing champion Duke Roufus, Pettis has won seven of his last eight bouts.

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