Jose Aldo has replaced the injured Frankie Edgar in the main event slot of UFC 218.
Aldo will challenge champion Max Holloway in a rematch of their June showdown for the featherweight title which saw the Hawaiian crowned as the unified champ of the division with a third-round TKO win.
The Brazilian had been scheduled to take on Ricardo Lamas on December 16th but that bout has now been scrapped.
The December 2nd card in Detroit will be Holloway’s first title defence since defeating Aldo. The immediate rematch has come about as a result of Frankie Edgar’s withdrawal from his planned clash with the champion due to a facial injury which requires surgery.
Although the ex-featherweight title holder will now have his shot at redemption much sooner than the original plan.
There will be a divide in opinion amongst MMA fans who feel Jose should have to work his way back up into title contention in the division having been dismantled by Conor McGregor and Holloway himself in two of his last three fights. Cub Swanson is a fighter who may feel aggrieved to have not gotten the phone call to step in from UFC brass.
Holloway is riding a red-hot streak of eleven wins in a row since losing to former 145 lbs champ McGregor.