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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.

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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