Two-time former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will bid to change into a two-weight UFC champ when steps into the octagon on “Struggle Island” to problem for the vacant bantamweight title.
Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) will tackle Russian contender and former ACB bantamweight champion Petr Yan (14-1 MMA, 6-Zero UFC) on the primary card of UFC 251, which takes place Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The primary card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
The battle gives a battle between one of the crucial dominant champions in UFC historical past and a rising star of Russian MMA, who’s trying to be part of fellow countryman Khabib Nurmagomedov and produce a second UFC championship belt again to his homeland. Forward of the bantamweight title conflict, we check out 5 fights which have helped outline Aldo’s stellar profession up to now.
Cub Swanson at WEC 41 – June 7, 2009
Aldo had gone 4-Zero in WEC, together with a pair of first-round finishes, when he took on Swanson in a featherweight title eliminator in Sacramento, Calif. One other first-round end swiftly adopted, as Aldo produced a shocking flying knee to flatten Swanson within the very first change of the battle.
A few floor strikes put the seal on an eight-second knockout win that put the remainder of the featherweight world on discover and booked Aldo right into a hotly-anticipated title conflict with Mike Brown.
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