Jose Aldo recently announced his intentions of dropping down to the 135lb division in an attempt to make a run at the title and it looks like he was being very serious.
Aldo will make his debut at the weight class by jumping in the deep end against former title challenger Marlon Moraes it what looks to be an explosive encounter on paper. Whilst there has been no official announcement from the UFC yet, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto has confirmed the bout with UFC President Dana White, Jose Aldo’s lawyer and Marlon Moraes’ manager.
Jose Aldo will be looking to bounce back from a recent loss to Alexander Volkanovski in his last bout at featherweight. The weight cuts to 145lb always appeared tough for Jose Aldo but he has confirmed to MMA Fighting that he is already at 150lbs in preparation for his bantamweight debut.
Marlon Moraes will also be looking to bounce back from a loss to Henry Cejudo in his bid to claim the vacant bantamweight title. The explosive Moraes got off to a very fast start but began to fade down the stretch as Cejudo wore him down and eventually got the stoppage in the third round.
The all Brazilian affair appears to be set for the UFC 245 card on 14th December which is shaping up to be a monumental night of MMA. The card already has three title fights in Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington, Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski and Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie.
Both fighters share a very similar explosive, Muay Thai centred striking style which lends itself to a very exciting matchup on paper. Both fighters are renowned for their ferocious kicking abilities as well. Aldo will enjoy a one-inch height and three-inch reach advantage in the fight so if he can make the weight successfully, he will likely be the bigger fighter in the cage on the night.