Aldo Jr. is regarded as one of the best featherweights

Now news!! Rob Font puts his five-bout winning streak on the line against Jose Aldo, who has taken to life at 135 impressively following decision wins over Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz. The APEX in Las Vegas once again welcomes the UFC for one of the most hotly-anticipated Fight Nights in a while on Sunday. UFC Fight Night – Font vs. Aldo Jr. (12/4/21) | How to Watch, Start Time

That, of course, is the headline event but fights between Brad Riddell and Rafael Fiziev, Clay Guida and Leonardo Santos and Jimmy Crute and Jamahal Hill all look hugely entertaining.

Ahead of UFC 269 later this month, Fight Night looks huge.

The legendary Aldo appears to have a new lease after dropping down to bantamweight and Font represents perhaps his biggest challenge in the division yet. Beat Aldo and Font will surely be in the title picture.

WHAT: UFC Fight Night

WHEN: Saturday, December 4

WHERE: UFC Apex (Las Vegas, Nev.)



MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN+)

Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo Jr. (Bantamweight – Main Event)
Brad Riddell vs. Rafael Fiziev (Lightweight – Co-Main Event)
Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos (Lightweight)
Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill (Light Heavyweight)
Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis (Middleweight)

PRELIMS (7 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN+)

Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic (Middleweight)
Manel Kape vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (Flyweight)
Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells (Welterweight)
Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin (Women’s Strawweight)
Alonzo Menifield vs. William Knight (Light Heavyweight)
Claudio Puelles vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (Lightweight)
Jared Vanderaa vs. Azamat Murzakanov (Light Heavyweight)
Alex Morono vs. Mickey Gall (Welterweight)
Louis Smolka vs. Vince Morales (Bantamweight)

A former UFC title holder looks to make his way into the title picture with a marquee win, as Fight Night Night returns on Saturday, part of a packed card of some of the best in the promotion in Las Vegas.

The main event is a bantamweight bout featuring a pair of fighters in the top-five in the Bantamweight division in Rob Font and Jose Aldo Jr.

Aldo Jr. is regarded as one of the best featherweights in the promotion’s history, holding the record for most title defenses in the division with seven. Since moving to bantamweight, Aldo has shown he has what it takes to be successful in the division. He fought for the title at UFC 251 against Petr Yan, losing by TKO in the fifth round. Heading into Saturday, the Brazilian is 30-7 in his MMA career, with 17 of his wins coming by knockout.

Font has never had a title shot since joining the UFC, but will be in good standing if he were to knock off the Jiu-Jitsu black belt in Las Vegas. The no. 4-ranked Bantamweight comes in with a 19-4 record, with eight wins coming by knockout and four via submission. Font is a four-fight win streak, and is a three-time Performance of the Night winner. His last fight saw him beat another former champion, Cody Garbrandt at Fight Night on May 22, his first UFC main event.

UFC action resumes on Saturday after a rare two-week absence, with a Fight Night event taking place in Las Vegas.

The card at the UFC’s Apex institute will be headlined by an intriguing bantamweight bout between contenders Jose Aldo and Rob Font.

Aldo (30-7) ruled as featherweight king for 10 years until his 13-second loss to Conor McGregor in late 2015, and though he regained the belt shortly thereafter, the Brazilian dropped down to bantamweight in 2019.

Aldo, 34, is 2-2 in the division, having outpointed Pedro Munhoz and Marlon Vera in his last two fights. Meanwhile, Font (19-4) is riding a four-fight win streak, having comprehensively outpointed former champion Cody Garbrandt last time out.

The 135lbs division is stacked at the moment, so a win here for fifth-ranked Aldo or fourth-ranked Font promises nothing, but there is still a chance the winner could fight for the belt in the near future – depending on the fitness of other top bantamweights.

When former two-time champion Jose Aldo made the decision to drop from featherweight to bantamweight, it felt like a desperate move in the late stages of a legendary career. Aldo has found new life at 135 pounds, however, and he’ll look to run his winning streak to three on Saturday when he faces Rob Font in the main event of UFC Fight Night.

Aldo actually lost his first two trips to the Octagon as a bantamweight, dropping a mildly controversial split decision against Marlon Moraes but still was awarded a shot at the then-vacant title in his next outing. Aldo was stopped by Petr Yan in the fifth round of that title fight but surprised many by being competitive before Yan took over the fight.

Since those losses, Aldo has picked up back-to-back wins, beating Marlon Vera and Pedro Muhoz in solid performances.

While Vera and Munhoz are solid fighters at 135 pounds, beating Font will be a much bigger task for Aldo.

While Font has been a member of the UFC roster since 2014, his current four-fight winning streak has driven him to a point as a potential title challenger. After a 5-3 start to his Octagon career, Font has now picked up wins over Sergio Pettis, Ricky Simon, Marlon Moraes and former champion Cody Garbrandt.

A win over Aldo would give Font back-to-back wins over former UFC champions and would place him firmly into the title picture. However, Font knows the complicated title picture, with bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling sidelined by injury and interim champion Petr Yan all but guaranteed a rematch with Sterling, means he could be waiting for his opportunity for a while.

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