Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo will rematch Ricardo Lamas in the UFC on Fox 26 co-main event on Dec. 16 at the MTS Centre in Winnepig, Manitoba. UFC officials on Friday announced the pairing, along with a welterweight showcase pitting Santiago Ponzinibbio against Mike Perry.
Aldo has not fought since he succumbed to third-round punches from Max Holloway in a battle for the undisputed featherweight crown at UFC 212 on June 3. The 31-year-old Nova Uniao export owns a 19-2 record across his past 21 appearances, including a unanimous decision victory over Lamas at UFC 169 in February 2014. Wins over Frankie Edgar (twice), Chan Sung Jung, Chad Mendes (twice), Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber and Cub Swanson highlight the stellar Aldo resume.
On a two-fight winning streak, Lamas has compiled a 5-2 mark since his first encounter with Aldo, his wins over Hacran Dias, Dennis Bermudez, Diego Sanchez, Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight offset by losses to Mendes and Holloway. “The Bully” was an NCAA All-American at Elmhurst College, a Division III School in Elmhurst, Illinois, before he made his move to MMA. Lamas has secured 10 of his 18 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.