The UFC has added another major bantamweight fight to its year-end roster.
Former UFC and WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will face emerging Rob Font in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The fight was first mentioned by MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on Spotify Greenroom and the date was first reported by Brazilian outlet Combate.
ESPN has Font ranked No. 5 in the world at bantamweight and Aldo at No. 6. The winner would be in pole position for a possible title shot, although the division is awaiting the return of champion Aljamain Sterling from surgery to neck. Sterling pulled out of a title rematch with former champion Petr Yan at UFC 267 on October 30 and Yan will now fight Cory Sandhagen in an interim title fight.
Aldo (30-7) has won two bouts in a row after falling in a title fight to Yan at UFC 251 in July 2020. The Brazilian is coming off a unanimous decision win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265 last month. Aldo, 35, is one of the most decorated former champions in MMA history. He was the first UFC featherweight champion and brought the WEC title to the UFC in a span of six years. Aldo has the most title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7).
Font (19-4) has won four in a row and five of his last six bouts. The Massachusetts native is coming off a unanimous decision win over former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in May. Font, 34, has a UFC record of 9-3.