Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes On Tap For UFC 245

It looks like Jose Aldo will indeed cut down to the bantamweight division to meet Marlon Moraes. Sources close to the situation told MMAJunkie that Aldo vs. Moraes is being targeted for UFC 245 on Dec. 14. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto later received conf…

It looks like Jose Aldo will indeed cut down to the bantamweight division to meet Marlon Moraes. Sources close to the situation told MMAJunkie that Aldo vs. Moraes is being targeted for UFC 245 on Dec. 14. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto later received confirmation from UFC president Dana White, Aldo’s lawyer Ana Guedes, and Moraes’ manager […]

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Jose Aldo To Face Marlon Moraes In Bantamweight Debut At UFC 245

It looks like Dana White will be letting Jose Aldo drop down to bantamweight after all. According to a report from ESPN, first reported by MMA Junkie, White has confirmed the former 145-pound kingpin will drop down to face Marlon Moraes at 135 pounds. The action will go down on the already stacked UFC 245 […]

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It looks like Dana White will be letting Jose Aldo drop down to bantamweight after all. According to a report from ESPN, first reported by MMA Junkie, White has confirmed the former 145-pound kingpin will drop down to face Marlon Moraes at 135 pounds.

The action will go down on the already stacked UFC 245 pay-per-view (PPV) card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14. Aldo recently had a two-fight win streak snapped when he was bested by Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 earlier this year. Now, he’ll drop down to bantamweight to try his hand against a former 135-pound title challenger.

Moraes had a four-fight win streak ended by Henry Cejudo at UFC 238, where the pair competed for the then-vacant bantamweight title. Cejudo finished Moraes in the third round via TKO. It will be interesting to see how the two Brazilian strikers fare against one another inside the Octagon.

UFC 245 Card

  • Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
  • Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski
  • Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
  • Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan
  • Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders
  • Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Punahele Sorian.

What do you think about a potential matchup between Aldo and Moraes at bantamweight?

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Faber Vs Yan Added To Stacked UFC 245 Event

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UFC 245 — set to go down on Dec. 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada — just got a whole lot sweeter. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked a…

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UFC 245 — set to go down on Dec. 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada — just got a whole lot sweeter. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked a Bantamweight showdown between Urijah Faber and Petr Yan, which will go down inside T-Mobile Arena.

Faber recently made his return from retirement this past July by knocking out Ricky Simon in the very first round at UFC Fight Night 155. And it took all of 46 seconds. The win was “The California Kid’s” second straight, though it was his first since 2016.

Soon thereafter, Faber (No. 14) started some friction with current UFC “champ-champ,” Henry Cejudo, in an attempt to goad him into defending his 135-pound strap. Of course, “Triple C” opted to undergo surgery, which sent him to the bench until 2020.

A win over Yan (No. 4) would surely shoot him up the rankings and get him closer to a shot the title.

Petr, meanwhile, has been on a tear since making his UFC debut in 2018, winning all five of his bouts inside the Octagon including wins over John Dodson and Jimmie Rivera. Yan himself has been campaigning for a shot at the title, and taking out “The California Kid” could be enough to get him there.

Early predictions?

UFC 245 is set to feature a trio of title fights, as Kamaru Usman will defend his Welterweight strap against Colby Covington in the headlining act, while Max Holloway puts his Featherweight strap up against Alexander Volkanovski. Furthermore, Amanda Nunes will put her women’s Bantamweight title on the line against Germaine de Randamie.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 245: “Usman vs Covington” click here.

Till may move back to welterweight, wants to avenge loss to Masvidal: ‘Never say never’

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“But yeah, there’s a few [at welterweight] I have unfinished business with.” Darren Till will be looking to start afresh next month, as ‘The Gorilla’ will be moving up from 170 pounds to 185 pounds to ta…

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“But yeah, there’s a few [at welterweight] I have unfinished business with.”

Darren Till will be looking to start afresh next month, as ‘The Gorilla’ will be moving up from 170 pounds to 185 pounds to take on top-five middleweight contender and former interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum in the UFC 244 co-main event at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Till felt the need to move up in weight after suffering back-to-back stoppage losses to Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal and, although currently focused on Gastelum, the Liverpudlian would like to eventually move back to welterweight to avenge his knockout loss to ‘Gamebred’.

“Never say never but Masvidal — maybe I can get back at him. By the time I’ve gone through all I’m going through now, Woodley will probably be retired. I don’t see him staying around much longer. But yeah, there’s a few I have unfinished business with,” Till said at a recent media scrum (h/t Abhinav Kini of The Body Lock MMA).

When asked about returning to 170 pounds for a possible grudge match with Colby Covington, Till said he’d be more interested in a title bout with current welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.

“Not really, me and him, we had a little bit of chatter but never really crossed paths,” Till said of Covington. “I feel like he’s on a totally different path. I feel like that fight with [Kamaru] Usman was always a fight I wanted. As much as a lot of people tried to avoid him, that was a fight I wanted to get. Obviously with him being the champ now.”

UFC 244, which also features a headlining ‘BMF’ welterweight title fight between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, takes place next month, Nov. 2 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan Targeted For UFC 245 In Las Vegas

Urijah Faber and Petr Yan are on a collision course. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Faber vs. Yan is in the works for UFC 245 on Dec. 14. If the bout can be finalized, it’ll be Faber’s second fight since coming out of retirement. F…

Urijah Faber and Petr Yan are on a collision course. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Faber vs. Yan is in the works for UFC 245 on Dec. 14. If the bout can be finalized, it’ll be Faber’s second fight since coming out of retirement. Faber made a memorable return to action when he stopped Ricky […]

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Conor McGregor Claims Fight Announcement Is ‘Very Close’

Conor McGregor has been very vocal about wanting to return to the Octagon soon. In fact, McGregor would eventually like to fight the winner of Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz at UFC 244 as his second fight of 2020. As for his first fight, McGregor wants to get back to work in January. Who his […]

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Conor McGregor has been very vocal about wanting to return to the Octagon soon. In fact, McGregor would eventually like to fight the winner of Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz at UFC 244 as his second fight of 2020. As for his first fight, McGregor wants to get back to work in January.

Who his opponent for that bout will be remains to be seen, but speaking at a Parimatch Q&A in Ukraine recently, the Irishman teased the news is “very close” to being announced. Perhaps within the next few days of his trip.

“We are very very close to announcing it,” McGregor said. “Not just yet, but shortly over the course of this trip we should have an announcement. That’s what we’re aiming for.”

McGregor hasn’t fought since October of last year when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Prior to that, his last fight inside the UFC’s Octagon was in November of 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez to become a two-division champion under the promotion’s banner.

With a return in early 2020, McGregor claims he wants to get back to being active inside the Octagon, the way he used to be during the early days of his UFC run.

“For me, I’m looking – I used to fight every couple of weeks, really, before the UFC came. Then it was every couple of months,” McGregor said. “Now the politics of the prize got involved and it’s almost – if I’ve won then I go off, I do not like that. You can not be like that in this game, I must continue. Consistency is another word, you must be consistent.

“So once we get the first one done and we get past the politics of this, I will continue to go. I’ve taken very little damage inside of the Octagon, so I am eager to get going and continue. If I look at the run I had going up to Eddie Alvarez, when I won the second world title, it was consecutive bouts. Bout, bout, bout. So I went into that Eddie Alvarez fight sharp. Aware. Fully prepared.

“What happened that night, one of the greatest performances in any title fight ever in the UFC. So that’s what we are looking to continue on the next time.”

Do you think McGregor will be more active inside the Octagon in 2020?

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