Rob Font-Jose Aldo Preview

Rob Font-Jose Aldo Preview


Rob Font-Jose Aldo Preview


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Rob Font and Jose Aldo are set to main event next weekend and this will be a huge fight for the division. These are the number four and five guys in the rankings, and the winner could very much be in line next for a title shot.

Font was already granted the opportunity to be the replacement fighter after the champion Aljamain Sterling pulled out of UFC 267 against Petr Yan, but he declined and this obviously then went to Cory Sandhagen next.

As it stands this week, Aldo is looking to get another crack at the title. He had most recently fought for a championship against Yan, but he came up short. He then went on to beat Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz to get his name right back into contention. If he can beat Font, who is on a four-fight win streak, then this would leave him less than two fights away from the belt. If he cannot get this done, it’s possible that this is his final push for a title shot. Although Aldo is young, his body has been through a lot of punishment and championship fights.

Font, on the other hand, is looking to capture UFC gold for the first time. He has fought a few big names in his career thus far, but none bigger than the legend Aldo. If he can notch a win over him in this upcoming main event, it will be tough to deny him the next title shot.

We do however have TJ Dillashaw who is injured and is awaiting a title shot as well, but with the inactivity he has seen recently, it wouldn’t shock me if he was passed up on that shot. Font does have to wait for the title to be unified of course, but after that, he can throw his name in the hat for the number one contender.

Depending on the circumstances with the title fight, we may not see the belt defended for another year. Both of these guys are fighting at the right time in my opinion, as a win here would carry over into the new year if you can make a statement win.

As far as styles go, this matchup is sent from heaven. Both guys looking to stand up and box, Aldo may slip in a few more kicks than Font, but this fight will be contested on the feet. This will determine not only who is the better boxer, but it may shine a light on if either of them will be able to handle Yan’s boxing ability. If one of them can get a knockout, they would be able to hold off any argument than Dillashaw had in his razor-thin decision victory over Sandhagen.

My prediction for this fight is that Font walks out of there with the win. I think it will be a hard-fought 25 minutes, but his pressure and pace will be the deciding factor. Aldo has shown he can push three hard rounds, but the championship rounds have been the ones hurting him later on in his career. With this being the main event, I see Font keeping the distance and point fighting his way to a victory, similarly to the Cody Garbrandt fight.

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