Jose Aldo-Ricardo Lamas official for UFC Winnipeg

The legendary former featherweight champion José Aldo will make his long-awaited return to the octagon at UFC Winnipeg in December.

UFC president Dana White announced the fight to TSN on Friday.

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.

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