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UFC 245: Jose Aldo drops to bantamweight to face Marlon Moraes

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (28-5-0) will drop to 135 pounds when he faces No. 1 Marlon Moraes (22-6-1) at December’s UFC 245.

Aldo, 33, defended the featherweight crown seven times from April 2011 – December 2015 but fell short twice trying to recapture it from current champ Max Holloway in 2017. He should have an easier time of making weight for the contest.

Meanwhile, Moraes, 31, lost to bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 in June, snapping a four fight win streak.


UFC 245 is scheduled for Dec. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Current bouts include:

Jose Aldo (28-5-0) vs. Marlon Moraes (22-6-1)

Petr Yan (13-1-0) vs. Urijah Faber (35-10-0)

Kamaru Usman (15-1-0) vs. Colby Covington (15-1-0)

Max Holloway (21-4-0) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (20-1-0)

Amanda Nunes (18-4-0) vs. Germaine de Randamie (9-3-0)

Robbie Lawler (28-14-0) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3-0)

Sergio Pettis (18-5-0) vs. Kai Kara-France (20-7-0)

Punahele Soriano (6-0-0) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-2-1)

Matt Brown (21-16-0) vs. Ben Saunders (22-12-2)

Jessica Eye (14-7-0) vs. Viviane Arajuo (8-1-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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