UFC 265 Preview: Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz

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Dec 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Jose Aldo (blue gloves) reacts after his bout against Marlon Moraes (not pictured) during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Aldo is back in action on Saturday night and has been elevated to the co-headliner of UFC 265 in Houston following Amanda Nunes’ removal after a positive COVID-19 test. And waiting for him in this featured bantamweight bout will be fellow Brazilian Pedro Munhoz.

Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz preview

The bout fills the void created when the bantamweight title fight between two-weight champion Nunes, and Julianna Pena, was called off due to the consistent bout scrapper that is COVID.

Aldo’s legendary career includes defeats of many of the division’s greatest names and some of the most impressive technical performances in UFC history. Despite getting older, the 34-year-old has chosen to make a go of it in recent years at a weight 10 pounds lighter than where he became a future UFC Hall-of-Famer at featherweight.

Recently, he snapped a three-fight losing streak in December with a decision victory over durable division stalwart Marlon Vera. Aldo will look to continue his momentum against ninth-ranked Munhoz.

Munhoz, who is surprisingly older than Aldo by two days, also snapped a two-fight losing streak in his last outing, with a unanimous decision victory over Jimmie Rivera. Despite building his reputation as a submission threat, in recent years he has paired a lethal front headlock with a dangerous striking arsenal.

If he were to upend “Junior” in Texas, Munhoz could push himself into the contender conversation for a future matchup with current champion Aljamain Sterling. A man he lost to back in 2019. Assuming the champ retains his title after his October rematch with Petr Yan.

The former RFA champion has won three of his last five, including a highlight-reel knockout of former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt in 2019.

UFC 265 takes place on August 7, inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The preliminary portion of the card will begin at 6 pm ET on ESPN and streaming service ESPN+. The main card follows at 10 pm ET, exclusively on ESPN+ with a pay-per-view cost of US $69.99.

–Field Level Media

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