Jose Aldo could yet join the already star-studded cast of November’s UFC 217 card at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Brazilian great fell to his second defeat in three fights and dropped the UFC featherweight title to Max Holloway back in June, as he was pummeled to a third-round stoppage in Rio de Janeiro. Rather than dwell on the loss, however, it appears as though Aldo is ready to make his quickest turn around since 2012 and jump back into the fray with a top contender.
During an interview with Elie Seckbach of ES News, Aldo, who has spent some time training with renowned California-based boxing coach Robert Garcia in recent weeks, suggested that a rematch between he and the 145-pound division’s third-ranked contender Ricardo Lamas is in the works for the MSG spectacular.
Aldo first fought Lamas at UFC 169 in February of 2014. On that occasion, the South American ‘Scarface’ ran out a unanimous decision winner by scores of 49-46 across the board after five rounds.
While Aldo has endured through the worst form of his long career over the last two years, however, Lamas has been on a decent run. ‘The Bully’ has won three of his last four fights, with his only loss during that stretch coming via decision to the aforementioned Holloway.
Already on tap for UFC 217 are a pair of mouth-watering title fights. In the November 4th show’s main event, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will defend his title against returning former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, while Cody Garbrandt will make the first defence of his UFC bantamweight strap against bitter rival T.J. Dillashaw in the co-feature.