The legendary former featherweight champion José Aldo will make his long-awaited return to the octagon at UFC Winnipeg in December.
Aldo, 31, was long considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
The featherweight bout will go down in the co-headliner of UFC on FOX 26, which will be hosted by Winnipeg, Manitoba's MTS Centre. Couple the TKO in 13 seconds at the hands of the Irishman and a bookended loss to Max Holloway at UFC 212 in June, and Aldo has dropped two of his last three.
In addition to Aldo-Lamas II, UFC on FOX 26 will also feature a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry [11-1] and Santiago Ponzinibbio [25-3], and Jordan Mein [29-12] vs. Erick Silva [19-8]. He defended the featherweight championship seven times and went unbeaten for almost 10 years before suffering a 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor in 2015.
For Lamas (18-5), the fight represents another shot at Aldo.
The pair last fought in 2014, when then-champion Aldo defeated Lamas via a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to defend his 145-pound strap.
Just recently, the UFC announced that the December 16th card will be headlined by a welterweight fight between Robbie Lawler and Ricardo Lamas.