Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo and fan favourite Cub Swanson are set to go at it again next year at UFC 233.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly in the works for a rematch featuring the Brazilian mixed martial artist and the “Killer Cub” in the already-stacked UFC 233 on January 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
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10 Years In The Making
The Brazilian MMA media outlet, Combate, initially reported on Sunday that the promotion is targeting the Aldo vs Swanson rematch for the UFC’s first pay-per-view offering in 2019. The rematch is 10 years in the making as they first met in 2009, where “Scarface” sent the ‘Killer Cub’ in the shadow realm via a double flying knee knockout.
The Brazilian standout currently holds a 27-4 MMA record, splitting his last six assignments at 3-3. His most recent win was his first-round TKO victory against an equally-dangerous opponent, Jeremy Stephens, at UFC on Fox last July.
Aldo surrendered the UFC featherweight strap to Max Holloway in June 2017 after absorbing a third-round TKO loss to ‘Blessed’ in the main event of UFC 212. An immediate rematch took place in December 2017 but the 32-year old fighter failed to exact revenge on Holloway. Aldo is looking to build his first fight win streak next year since losing to Holloway in two occasions.
Ana Hissa (Combate): Ten years later, Jose Aldo faces Cub Swanson at UFC 233 on January 26 in Anaheim pic.twitter.com/IK8lPSPZA4
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Swanson, meanwhile, is looking to get back on winning track, following three straight losses to Brian Ortega, Renato Moicano, and Frankie Edgar. Both Ortega and Moicano submitted the ‘Killer Cub’ in their respective bouts while Edgar came out with a unanimous decision win.
The 35-year-old mixed martial artist last won in 2017 when he defeated Artem Lobov via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 108. He is expected to put up an inspired performance at UFC 233 as he will be squaring off with Aldo in front of his home fans in California.
The already-stacked UFC 233 card will feature a title bout between reigning flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight kingpin TJ Dillashaw. It will be headlined by a lightweight match featuring James Vick and Paul Felder. The undefeated Bellator and ONE welterweight champ Ben Askren will spice up the event as he will take on the former welterweight champ, Robbie Lawler.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Jose Aldo and Cub Swanson)