The former-featherweight champion of the world will face an undeniably tough task as he meets Jeremy Stephens at UFC Calgary on July 28.
Oh how the times have been tough on the former-champ José Aldo in recent years. Once seen as one of the world’s pound-for-pound kings, Aldo has now gone 1-3 in his last four and following his 13-second destruction at the hands of Conor McGregor, never seemed to be the same cool, calm and collected competitor that once ruled the featherweight division.
Max Holloway put a pretty brutal beatdown on the Brazilian twice in the last year and is now looking to be on the verge of reaching his peak years but for the long-time champ Aldo, who enjoyed a near-decade long unbeaten run, his title aspirations may well be at their end.
With the UFC now making their return to Calgary, the night’s co-main event fixture will give José a test that will make his place in the 145lb ranks a lot clearer.
The fight will stand as the first ever non-title bout in the career of the legend and according to reports made by the Calgary Sun, that were later shared by the UFC Canada Twitter page, Jeremy Stephens will be the one looking to add yet another prestigious scalp to his collection.
Lil Heathen’s last outing saw him knock out Josh Emmett in February and given his reputation as a seriously dangerous two-handed threat, he’ll be hoping that he can land cleanly on his opponent’s chin, especially considering the fact that Aldo’s last three losses have come from strikes.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena