Since Henry Cejudo announcing his retirement at UFC 249 after defeating Dominick Cruz by TKO in the second round. There has been plenty of speculation on who will be fighting for the now vacant UFC bantamweight title in the next few coming months.
It seems as if we have an insight on the latest news from Dana White announcing that top contender Petr Yan and former UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is in the works after appearing on ESPN’s Sports Center to discuss the future of the Bantamweight division.
Dana White would state on the show that. “Cejudo has retired. We’re talking right now about Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the vacant title. We don’t have a date or a place set yet.”
Yan, 27. Holds a professional MMA record of 14-1 (6-0, UFC) he is currently 3rd in the UFC Bantamweight rankings. Known also by his incredible nick-name “No Mercy” Yan is the former ACB Bantamweight champion and rightful contender to next fight for the belt in the UFC. His last 3 wins with the UFC have been outstanding picking up 2 dominant decision wins over John Dodson at UFC Fight Night: Blahowicz vs Santos and Jimmie Rivera at UFC 238 before going on to knocking out Urijah Faber at UFC 245,which cemented his rightful acknowledgement and positioning within the 135lbs division. Yan hasn’t tasted defeat since March 2016.
Jose Aldo a future inductee to the UFC hall of fame hasn’t had the best of runs in recent years he holds a professional MMA record of 28-6 (10-5, UFC) he happens to be 2-4 in his last 6 bouts with the promotion after falling short to Marlon Moraes by a controversial decision at UFC 245.
It’s not difficult to understand why the UFC would want to make this bout while including Aldo in the bracket. As one of the most dominant champions we’ve ever seen step into the UFC octagon was scheduled to face Henry Cejudo for the UFC Bantamweight title at UFC 250 in Brazil. The bout didn’t end up happening due to the corona-virus outbreak and the opportunity went to former champion Dominick Cruz.
Jose is the former UFC Featherweight champion where he dominated for almost a decade. Successfully making 2 title defences with WEC and later being promoted to the UFC Featherweight champion, where he would make 7 consecutive title defences with the organisation. The fight would bring in countless numbers and is a match-up the fan’s would like to see as Aldo has the opportunity to become a two division champion.
Jose is currently ranked at the 6th best Bantamweight on the UFC roster and 13th on the Featherweight rankings.