UFC Fight Night Preview: Font Vs. Aldo
By Jan Zyla
On the 5th of December 2021 Rob Font will face off against Jose Aldo in a Bantamweight clash at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States. After a week break the UFC returns with a fight night that pits 2 top 5 Bantamweights in the world against each other as Rob Font faces off against Jose Aldo. Rob Font showed up as a top contender with a victory over the former Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in his most recent fight. That win extended Font’s winning streak to four and nearly earned him a chance to fight for the interim title. Rob Font had to decline a chance to fight Petr Yan on Fight Island as he had to recover from an illness instead, so that meant that Font has to fight another former titleholder in Jose Aldo. Aldo is looking to reset his career with a move down to bantamweight and, after a shaky start, he has won two straight fights.
In the fight against former Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, Rob Font absolutely dominated and the question is can Font replicate that big success over the featherweight legend that is Jose Aldo. the winner of this highly anticipated bantamweight head-to-head will surely find himself in for a chance to fight for the Bantamweight title, or at the very least either Font or Aldo will give themselves a title contender elimination fight. Both Aldo and Font have consistently proved themselves to everyone watching that they are the top-five talents in one of the UFC’s most loaded divisions by defeating big opponents and showing continuous improvement fight after fight. With the two fighters currently holding the 4th and 5th places in the rankings, do expect the winner to be potentially challenging for the UFC bantamweight championship at some point next year in 2022.
Rob Font has showed over and over again his capabilities of being a top-ranked bantamweight in the UFC ever since his debut back in 2014. The man from Massachusetts had compiled a 10-1 record before getting the call to face George Roop at UFC 175 where he delivered a highlight-reel knockout and earned a “Performance of the Night”. He has up to this point compiled a 9-3 record during his time with the promotion and Font is currently riding a four-fight winning streak at the expense of elite fighters such as Marlon Moraes and Cody Garbrandt. Font is a technical striker who utilizes a patient and calculated approach inside the Octagon. Most of Rob Font’s fights consist of throwing accurate combinations and well-timed counters to get his opponents to bite and leave themselves open for a potential knockout.
On the other hand, there have been a lot of former champions who have lost their titles, but continued to compete well beyond their primes, resulting in lopsided defeats and poor performances. Fortunately for Jose Aldo, he is not one of them. The former featherweight king is arguably the greatest featherweight champion of all time and is certainly in the conversation of top-10 greatest mixed martial artists of all time. After losing a title eliminator fight to Alexander Volkanovski at featherweight, Aldo reacted by making a move to bantamweight where he has up to this point gained a 2-2 record. Aldo’s first two 135-pound fights consisted of a closely contested, split-decision loss to the above mentioned Moraes and an unsuccessful fight with Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title. Since then, the Brazilian superstar has made up for it with impressive victories over Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz, launching him into the conversation of another potential title shot. Jose Aldo’s crisp and accurate striking continues to be a force at bantamweight, as he gradually picks apart his opponents with leg kicks, 1-2 combinations and body shots. As long as the former champ continues to stay healthy and perform healthy weight cuts, expect him to continue to compete at a high level for the remainder of his UFC career.