The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas, Nevada once again tonight, December 4, 2021, for UFC on ESPN 31, headlined by former multi-time WEC & UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who faces fellow top ranked bantamweight contender Rob Font in the main event of the evening.
Co-headlining the event is a pair of kickboxing champions in Brad Riddell and Rafael Fiziev, both of which are looking to make it five-straight inside the octagon.
But let’s get back to our main event.
Font is on a four-fight win streak, coming off wins over Sergio Pettis (current Bellator champ), Ricky Simon (former LFA champ), Marlon Moraes (former WSOF champ), and Cody Garbrandt (former UFC champ), while Aldo has won his last two straight against Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz.
Will Font add another world champion to his resume and win streak, or will Aldo make it three-straight en route to another title shot?
Continue reading to see how this epic bantamweight main event went down:
Font gets going very early and starts tuning Aldo up from the start, landing a wide array of strikes. He even takes the former champion down momentarily, he isn’t giving Aldo a chance to get going.
Aldo does land a hard cross at the end of the round however that badly hurts Font, though he was saved by the bell.
Aldo has a much better round two, as he gets his offense going.
Font is still in the fight, throwing back his own strikes. One could think Font can keep this pace up longer than Aldo however, which is almost certainly true.
Aldo hurts Font again, though Font recovers without dropping this time.
Font initiates a grappling exchange and ends up on his back for about three minutes of the third, and he spent the last couple minutes getting his leg battered.
Aldo could definitely throw more leg kicks, but it appears he’s found his range and timing.
Font comes out hot in round four only to be dropped by a vicious shot he ran into. Aldo then secures top position and has over four minutes of control time throughout the fourth.
Font again comes out with a pace to start the fifth, and it works for him throughout the first half of it.
Aldo is fading badly, but Font keeps pressing him into the fence. He’s breaking with elbows and punches, landing some of them, but Aldo gets back in his face and hurts him again.
After stunning Font, Aldo lands another combo that again drops him and finishes the fight on top.
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