UFC 245: Under The Radar
By James Heaney
Jose Aldo Tests New Waters
The UFC returns to Vegas this weekend with their final PPV of the year headlined by three title fights. The end of year card is traditionally a big one and all eyes will be on the T-Mobile Arena again on Saturday night.
The bad blood between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington at the top of the card is understandably getting lots of attention, as is the return of Amanda Nunes, who finished Cris Cyborg at the year end event in 2018.
Choosing an ‘Under The Radar’ fight on this card is tricky but just before the title matches start, Jose Aldo will enter the Octagon at 135lbs for the first time.
All attention so far has been on his weight cut, with most people expecting Jose Aldo to find his new home at 155lbs, rather than 135lbs following his move from featherweight.
The potential for excitement in this fight his huge and it goes far beyond “it all depends on how the weight cut impacts Aldo.” Aldo has fought both fighters in the co-main and Urijah Faber who is fighting before him. He is not the ‘Aldo of old’ but it’s testament to his commitment to the sport, his training and legacy that he is looking for a new challenge and venture.
Across the cage will be Marlon Moraes. His record speaks for itself, wins over Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling, John Dodson and Raphael Assuncao over the past couple of years. This is not a warm up fight for Aldo, it’s going to be a rough, fast paced welcome to the division- even without discussing the potential implications of the weight cut.
Both fighters have a fast, hard hitting explosive style. Aldo will be looking to make a statement at his new weight class, whereas Moraes will be looking to add another big name to his resume to get another shot at bantamweight gold.