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Jose Aldo vs. Rob Font
UFC Bantamweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 09:05 PM EST at UFC Apex Center
- Professional MMA Record: 30-7-0
- Knockout Record: 17-4
- Submission Record: 1-1
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 3.63
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 49.58%
- Takedown Average: 0.55
- Takedown Accuracy: 56.52%
- Submission Average: 0.13
If Jose Aldo hung up the gloves and never stepped into the octagon again, his career accomplishments would still position him as one of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA.
Training out of the famous Nova Uniao gym, Aldo has not once drifted from his Brazilian roots and has earned respect as one of the nation’s most recognizable martial artists. He was the former and final WEC Featherweight Champion before the promotion merged with the UFC, and his dominant reign continued for many years to come.
Aldo held an undefeated record for ten years between 2005-2015. During this tenure, he obtained the undisputed UFC featherweight title on two occasions, and notably the interim featherweight strap one-time.
A fan favorite of many, Aldo’s well-diverse skill set has allowed him to break countless records, including the most successful title defenses in UFC featherweight history – with those successful bouts also setting a record for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC featherweight history.
Countless Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors alongside years of masterful martial arts technique has cemented Jose Aldo as one of the all-time greats. In his recent drop to the bantamweight division, the 35-year-old legend continues to maintain his elite-level status.
- Professional MMA Record: 19-4-0
- Knockout Record: 8-0
- Submission Record: 4-1
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 5.58
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 45.32%
- Takedown Average: 1.20
- Takedown Accuracy: 40.00%
- Submission Average: 0.60
Rob Font doesn’t own the historical success of his opponent next weekend. Still, the Florida, U.S. native has spent the previous seven years amongst the elite of the UFC to reach the top rankings of the bantamweight division.
Mainly recognized for his boxing attributes, Font has outstruck countless 135ers with established names and skillsets. From Thomas Almeida, current Bellator champion Sergio Pettis, top-ranked Marlon Moraes and former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt – all of which fell victim to the slick striking offense and determined mindset of a man wanting to reach the pinnacle.
Font’s clash with Jose Aldo holds the utmost importance because a significant victory could seal the #4 ranked bantamweight as the next in line for Petr Yan’s championship.
Rob Font is undoubtedly the most technical boxer in the bantamweight division, potentially in the entire UFC. He boasts a fundamentally sound offense behind a jab that dictates the majority of his contests, his path to victory will be the utilization of his jab. Everything else comes after the jab.
You’ll notice that Aldo has struggled with longer fighters who present him with an intense jab, most notably Max Holloway. I am concerned that Aldo won’t have the answers, but the former champ is the man if anyone can.
Aldo can make great use of his leg kicks; slipping the jab and returning fire with his powerful body hooks are a potential. However, it’s difficult for me to envision Aldo handling this pace for all five rounds, which brings me to my betting prediction.
Instead of anticipating which fighter has the greater chance of success, the durability and toughness stood in that octagon will see this fight head into the championship rounds.
The Over/Under betting odds aren’t yet available, but I’ll be interested in betting the over 3 ½ rounds once they surface.
UFC Pick: Over 3 ½ rounds – Odds TBD –