The UFC has verbal agreements in place for a potential title eliminator in the bantamweight division. First reported by Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, the promotion is booking former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (30-7) against Rob Font (19-4).
The fight is expected to headline a UFC Fight Night from the APEX on December 4th. This fight is massive for Rob Font who will be going for his fifth straight victory to solidify his title contender status.
The last time we saw Font was back in May when he headlined a UFC Fight Night opposite former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. Font used his superior boxing to beat the former champion over five rounds.
Prior to that, Font absolutely destroyed Marlon Moraes and finished him in the first round back in December. Now, the New England Cartel product will be getting a shot at one of the best to ever to it in Jose Aldo. If Font can win in December, there’s no denying his UFC title shot.
Another UFC title run for Aldo?
After spending a career in the featherweight division, in late 2019, Jose Aldo decided to move down to the UFC’s bantamweight division. In his first fight, he fought Marlon Moraes and looked really good.
However, the judges robbed him a victory. Despite technically losing, he got a title shot after the fight. He was stopped by Petr Yan last year on Fight Island in his attempt to become a two-division champion.
Since that loss, Aldo has bounced back. He defeated Chito Vera last December then he outclassed Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265 last month. Now, Aldo is taking on one of the most dangerous challengers in the division in Rob Font.
This fight is really going to tell us a lot about where Jose Aldo is. If he can come out and defeat Rob Font in December, it will show that he’s still at that championship level. However, if he falls flat, it might be time to think that his days at the very top of the UFC are over.