According to a report from Combate’s Raphael Marinho, an explosive bantamweight bout between former longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo and rising contender Marlon “Chito” Vera has been verbally agreed upon to take place at UFC 255.
UFC 255 is scheduled for Nov. 21 live on pay-per-view from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jose Aldo, who’s still widely considered to be one of the best featherweights of all-time, has hit a bit of a rough patch as of late, as he’s lost five of his last seven bouts. Many, however, felt as if he should’ve been given the nod against Marlon Moraes last December, which is why he received the opportunity to challenge Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title this past July at UFC 251, although he was ultimately stopped in the fifth round.
At 34-years-old with 35 professional bouts under his belt, Aldo’s best days may be behind him, but he remains a legend of the sport and a dangerous competitor nonetheless. Despite coming up short in his recent bid for the title, it appears as if the Brazilian will remain at 135 pounds and he’ll have another tough test in front of him in the red hot Vera.
The 27-year-old Vera, better known as “Chito”, is coming off of a TKO victory over Sean O’Malley in the co-main event of UFC 252 this past August. Prior to that, he had won five of his previous six bouts and many feel as if the loss, a decision defeat to Song Yadong in May, should’ve gone his way.
Regardless, that five-fight winning streak included victories over the likes Wuliji Buren, Guido Cannetti, Frankie Saenz, Nohelin Hernandez, and Andre Ewell, and all five of them ended by way of stoppage.
Against Aldo, however, Vera will likely be facing the toughest test of his career.
UFC 255 is currently set to be headlined by a flyweight title fight between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez. Originally, former 135-pound champion Cody Garbrandt was scheduled to face Figueiredo, but he was forced to withdraw with an injury. In addition, Valentina Shevchenko will defend her 125-pound title against Jennifer Maia.
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