A potential bantamweight title eliminator fight will go down in the UFC this December.
Ariel Helwani was the first to report the news that the UFC is working on a fight between the No. 4 ranked bantamweight Rob Font and No. 5 ranked Jose Aldo, which would headline the promotion’s December 4 UFC card. Combate was the first to report the date. A source close to the situation subsequently confirmed the fight to Cageside Press.
Since returning from his knee injury, Font (19-4) has made huge waves in the bantamweight division. He finished Marlon Moraes in the first round in his comeback fight last December, and then in his first UFC main event, he defeated Cody Garbrandt via unanimous decision. Font is riding a four-fight win streak, and with a win in December, he could be next in line for a title shot.
Former featherweight champion Aldo (30-7) is riding his first two-fight win streak since dropping down to bantamweight. He snapped his only three-fight skid last December by defeating Marlon Vera, and most recently, he defeated Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265 via unanimous decision. The Brazilian always feels like he is one fight away from a title shot, and a win over Font could get him just that.
No location, venue, or broadcast plan has been officially announced for the December 4 event, but UFC President Dana White said that all Fight Nights would be staying at the Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
The December 4 fight card now includes the following reported bouts:
- Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo
- Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill
- Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles
- Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell
- Montserrat Ruiz vs. Mallory Martin
- Brendan Allen vs. Brad Tavares
- Bryan Barberena vs. Matt Brown
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape