It is known which two fighters will be fighting for the title of the new UFC bantamweight champion. It has already been announced that it will be Petr Yan, which Dana White confirmed this time, but he also revealed that the opponent of the Russian fighter should be Jose Aldo.
If you follow MMA social networks and forums, in recent days you may have come across various discussions about the fight for the title of the new champion of the bantamweight category, which Henry Cejudo left with his retirement.
After two legitimate candidates, Cory Sanghagen and Aljamain Sterling were paired with each other, the choice did not remain large. But what most fans had in common was the fear that the UFC might make a bad move on them and give a fight for the title to Jose Aldo. And that seems to be exactly what will happen.
“My people will probably going to kill me for this one, but I will say it here and now. Henry Cejudo has retired and we are working to organize a fight between Peter Yan and Jose Aldo for the new bantamweight champion. We still don’t have a date and place, but it’s a fight we want to do,” Dana White announced this exclusively on ESPN.
"My people are probably going to kill me for this one…"@danawhite spilled the beans on trying to put together @PetrYanUFC vs. @josealdojunior for the vacant UFC bantamweight title 😏 (via @SportsCenter) pic.twitter.com/AIcd3lLIlD— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 27, 2020
The biggest loser, in that case, is certainly Marlon Moraes. Although the MMA public is divided over the judge’s decision he got for victory over Aldo from the last fight. In addition, he had a contracted fight against Yan for a canceled event in Kazakhstan and no doubt he hoped he would be the one to get the chance for the title. If that’s not enough, it’s worth noting that he has celebrated in five of his last six fights, where he was only defeated by Henry Cejudo in the title fight, and even there the Brazilian dominated the first seven minutes of the fight. Also, behind him are several attractive performances and even more attractive stoppages. So he possesses absolutely all the references to attack the title, and if that won’t already happen also the aforementioned Sandhagen or Sterling have the right to give it a shot.
Jose Aldo, on the other hand, is an absolute legend of the sport. The former champion of the lightweight category is also one of the more dominant champions that the promotion had, but he also has only one appearance in this category, with a defeat and is currently on two defeats in a row. And the first planned attack on the title he was supposed to get mainly because it was the idea of Henry Cejudo, but it seems that he made a deal with the UFC that guarantees him the same opportunity in this case.
Of course, there are also those fans who are looking forward to this decision and who think that Aldo is the right choice. We might agree that this is a category without real candidates for the top, but this time it is probably the best and most interesting category in the promotion, where we already have some great fighters at the top, a few great veterans (Assuncao, Dodson, Cruz, Rivera), and some more, like Sean O’Malley, Cody Stamman, Song Yadong, or Raoni Barcelos are yet to come.