Brazilian José Aldo will have a new chance to fight for the Ultimate cock belt. After having his duel against Henry Cejudo canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘People’s Champion’ will face Russian Petr Yan for the vacant division title weighing up to 61.2 kg. The announcement was made by Dana White, president of the franchise, for ESPN, of the USA. The date and place, however, were not made official by the agent.
The cocks division title has been vacant since the 9th, when Henry Cejudo defeated Dominick Cruz and announced his retirement. This Wednesday, the name of ‘Triple C’ was removed from the Ultimate ranking.
José Aldo vs. Petr Yan
Former featherweight champion (up to 65.6 kg.), José Aldo moved down the cock category in December 2019. At the time, he fought a tough fight against Marlon Moraes , but was overcome in the split decision of the judges. Despite the setback, he was scheduled to face Henry Cejudo on May 9, in São Paulo. However, with the coronavirus pandemic, the show was moved to the USA. As Aldo had not seen an American job, he was prevented from fighting. The ‘People’s Champion’ has a record of 28 wins and six losses.
In turn, Petr Yan is third in the rake of the roosters. The Russian has a professional history of 14 wins and only one loss. The Russian comes from a series of nine consecutive victories, the last one against Urijah Faber in December.
Despite not having an official date, the North American website MMA Fighting, obtained the information that the dispute may happen at UFC 251, on July 11, in Las Vegas (USA). On the same date, the dispute between Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Borrachinha , for the middleweight title (up to 83.9 kg,) is also expected.