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Jose Aldo, Anthony Pettis has his eye on you.
Minutes after winning the UFC lightweight championship with a first-round armbar of Benson Henderson, Pettis had his next fight picked out. He wants featherweight champion Aldo.
"Joe Silva said to make his job easier. Jose Aldo, we have some unfinished business. My belt or your belt?" Pettis said to the camera at UFC 164 in Milwaukee.
The fight isn't out of the realm of possibility. Aldo was originally scheduled to fight Pettis at UFC 163, earlier this month. The UFC has floated the idea of matching up champions in the past.
But Pettis isn't the only one who has earned a shot at Aldo. Chad Mendes won with a knockout on Saturday night. He lost to Aldo in January of 2012, but has earned four straight knockout wins since.
Are you ready to spend two seconds with the best MMA fan ever? Are you sitting down? Don't press play until you're totally ready.
YES. This man was shown before the start of the main card fight between Dustin Poirier and Milwaukee-based fighter Erik Koch. He's wearing a Harley-Davidson shirt, so it's possible he's in town for the motorcycle company's 110th anniversary. Whoever he is, and wherever he's from, he is the most interesting MMA fan in the world. Cagewriter salutes you, kind sir.
Tim Elliott and his beard made a statement in the UFC's flyweight division with a one-sided win at UFC 164 in Milwaukee on Saturday night. According to the UFC's statistical breakdown, Elliott landed 270 strikes in the three-round fight. His opponent, Louis Gaudinot, landed just 44.
At just 26 years old, Elliott is 14-3 and 3-1 in the UFC. After seeing him take over Gaudinot, who should he fight?
What happened in this busy week of MMA? Check it out, plus a bit of site news.
Hot -- Carlos Condit: He left no doubt that he is still a top welterweight with his fourth-round TKO of Martin Kampmann on Wednesday night. Wouldn't a fight between him and Matt Brown be fun?
Not -- Miguel Torres: The one-time WEC champion was arrested for marijuana possession in Indiana over the weekend. His last fight was a loss in World Series of Fighting, and his last win was in the UFC in 2011.
Hot -- Kansas City: James Krause, Zak Cummings and Jason High all have brought home big wins for KC recently. The next win the town known for barbecue and fountains is seeking? A UFC event.
Site news: Tomorrow will be my last day with Yahoo Sports and my last day covering MMA. I am headed to cover the NFL with another site. While I'm thrilled about this opportunity, I will miss the world of MMA. I will miss fighters who are unguarded in interviews, coaches who will spend hours speaking about their craft, and fans who are passionate about their sport. It's been five amazing years as a journalist covering MMA, but I'm looking forward to being a fight fan again.
Check out our picks for UFC 164, going down Saturday night in Milwaukee. Thank you to all the Cagereaders who submitted picks on Facebook.
Kevin Iole -- Anthony Pettis W5 Benson Henderson: This is as close to a 50-50 fight as you're going to see. Pettis is a bit more dynamic and I think that might be the difference in a grueling, back-and-forth bout.
Maggie Hendricks -- Benson Henderson W5 Anthony Pettis: I cannot wait for this fight. Their first scrap is remembered only for the Showtime kick, but a fantastic, close bout happened before that. Henderson has improved with every fight, and I think we'll see him make up for that loss.
Cagereader -- Benson will win. He has a bad taste in his mouth from when Pettis beat him. Also the hometown crowd will make Pettis to much attack mode and he will be open for the counter right hand. -- Joseph Gordon Holman
[Related: Chad Mendes enters UFC 164 with new style]
Maggie Hendricks -- Frank Mir SUB2 Josh Barnett: If Mir can stick to his strengths, he can win with a submission.
Ultimate Fight Night 27 kicked off a really busy week of MMA. Who stood out?
No. 1 star -- Carlos Condit: He lost to Georges St-Pierre. He lost to Johny Hendricks. Then in the first round, Condit found himself being controlled by Martin Kampmann. Instead of losing focus, Condit went on to win in a bloody, fourth-round TKO.
No. 2 star -- Zak Cummings: How do you make people forget about an unremarkable stint on "The Ultimate Fighter?" Come up with a first-round choke of Ben Alloway and win a $50,000 submission of the night bonus.
No. 3 star -- Dylan Andrews: When Andrews knocked out Papy Abedi, he did it when his shoulder was dislocated. Read that again. He got a knockout with one working arm. It was his sixth straight win, and second in the UFC.
Don't forget to make your UFC 164 picks on Cagewriter's Facebook page.
Tito Ortiz made millions in fight payouts with the UFC, but now he's with Bellator and will fight fellow ex-UFC champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on Nov. 2. Though he is with a new promotion, he can't stop talking about his old promotion. Ortiz made a particularly bizarre comment on Wednesday.
"I thought slavery was over a long time ago," Ortiz said to Sports Illustrated.
As SI pointed out, Ortiz made at least $4,075,000 in fight payouts since 2004, when commissions started sharing such information. This doesn't include sponsorships, fight night bonuses or purses for fights before 2004. Ortiz's first fight in the UFC was in 1997. Slaves aren't usually paid for their work.
Ortiz lost seven of his last nine fights in the UFC. Most fighters would get cut for a record like that, but Ortiz was allowed to fight out his contract. And now he wants to call it slavery? Perhaps Ortiz should spend some time reading about what slavery was like as he prepares for his fight.
Martin Kampmann won his first fight with Carlos Condit in a still-disputed decision. At Ultimate Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis on Wednesday night, Condit left no doubt as to who was the better fight, winning with a fourth-round TKO.
Kampmann started the fight out with the upper hand. He took Condit down in the first round, and controlled the former interim champ on the ground. Condit took over in the second and didn't look back. He opened up a cut on Kampmann's face in the third round. Blood streamed down Kampmann's face as Condit tried to secure a rear-naked choke near the end of the round. The blood and sweat made it too slick for Condit to get the choke, but he found another way in the fourth round.
Condit unleashed his hands as the fourth round began. Kampmann had no answer for Condit's strikes, and fell to his knees. The fight was stopped 54 seconds into the fourth round, breaking Condit's two-fight losing streak.
In the co-main event, Rafael dos Anjos showed off a complete game in a 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 win over Donald Cerrone. Dos Anjos controlled every aspect of the fight on the way to his fifth straight win.
Bellator has added another title fight to their Nov. 2 pay-per-view show. Featherweight champion Pat Curran will fight Daniel Straus. This adds even more credibility to Bellator's first pay-per-view, making the line-up:
Quinton Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez - for lightweight title Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus - for featherweight title Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton - for interim light heavyweight title
The pay-per-view is a huge gamble for Bellator, so it's not surprising to see them load it with stars. But it brings about a whole new set of problems.
There are no women's divisions. Two of their most recognizable champs are on the pay-per-view, as well as bankable stars Ortiz, Jackson, and Lawal. What is left for the upcoming season on Spike? If they have to rely on unknown fighters working through the tournaments, it will be difficult to get people to tune in regularly.