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José Aldo to return with rematch on Lawler v Dos Anjos-headlined UFC Winnipeg card

Aldo will return to action for the first time since defeat to Max Holloway.

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WE ALREADY KNEW that former UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler will square off with former lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos on 16 December, with a shot at the 170-pound title on offer for the victor.

This evening, that holiday season card in Winnipeg became even more enticing, as the UFC confirmed former long-reigning featherweight champ José Aldo will return to the octagon in a rematch with Ricardo Lamas.

The pair last fought in 2014, when then-champion Aldo defeated Lamas via a unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, 49–46) to defend his 145-pound strap.

35-year-old Lamas, a Chicago native, sports a record of 18-5 in the cage, and is on a two-fight win streak since losing to Max Holloway at UFC 199 in June of 2016.

Aldo [26-3] hasn’t fought since his destruction at the hands of Max Holloway in the summer.

A shot at Holloway’s featherweight title may well be up for grabs for December’s winner.

In addition to Aldo-Lamas II, UFC on FOX 26 will also feature a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry [11-1] and Santiago Ponzinibbio [25-3], and Jordan Mein [29-12] vs. Erick Silva [19-8].

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