Ranked bantamweights Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera have been paired for UFC’s December 19th card, per a report from Cole Shelton of BJPENN.com The fight joins the final UFC card of 2020, which is expected to happen in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The fight will be Aldo’s first since losing a title shot to Petr Yan in July. Aldo was stopped by Yan in the fifth round with strikes, allowing Yan to win the vacant 135-pound belt.
Aldo’s two fights prior to the title shot were also losses, dropping decisions to Alexander Volkanovski and Marlon Moraes.
Vera returned to the win column in August, capitalizing on an injury of Sean O’Malley to finish him in the first round with strikes. Vera became the first person to defeat O’Malley as a pro.
The December 19th card currently has a headlining bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev lined up. Here are the reported fights.
Bout 14: Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (9-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 13: Deron Winn (6-2) vs. Antonio Braga Neto (9-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 12: Tafon Nchukwi (4-0) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 11: Marlon Moraes (23-7-1) vs. Rob Font (17-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Rick Glenn (21-6-1) vs. Carlton Minus (10-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 9: Matt Schnell (14-5) vs. Tyson Nam (20-11-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Alexandre Pantoja (22-5) vs. Manel Kape (15-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Stephen Thompson (15-4-1) vs. Geoff Neal (13-2) (Welterweight)
Bout 6: Belal Muhammad (17-3) vs. Dhiego Lima (15-7) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Misha Cirkunov (15-5) vs. Ryan Spann (18-6) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Pannie Kianzad (13-5) vs. Sijara Eubanks (6-5) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Drako Rodriguez (7-1) vs. Aiemann Zahabi (7-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 2: Jose Aldo (28-7) vs. Marlon Vera (18-6-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Michel Pereira (24-11) vs. Khaos Williams (11-1) (Welterweight)