Jose Aldo (pictured) vs. Conor McGregor: Take Two. The featherweight powerhouses meeting inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas? It’s like déjà vu all over again – only this time, it will be a title unification bout.
On Monday, Yahoo! Sports reported the highly-anticipated shootout will go down December 12 in Sin City.
The bitter rivals were originally slated to collide at UFC 189, but Aldo was forced to withdraw from the fight with a broken (or bruised, depending upon who you ask) rib. McGregor went on to defeat Chad Mendes that July evening for the vacant interim 145-pound crown.
The UFC spent millions of dollars promoting UFC 189, which, according to UFC president Dana White, still generated more than one million pay-per-view buys despite Aldo’s absence. After that show, White claimed they would pump even more dough into it the second time around knowing the payoff would be massive when it came time for fight fans to order.
Aldo is the most decorated featherweight the game has ever witnessed. The Brazilian has posted nine consecutive title defenses (two in the WEC before getting promoted to the UFC) and will be riding a 18-fight winning streak into the tango.
McGregor, meanwhile, is the UFC’s latest golden boy. The chatty Irishman is perfect through his past 14 outings, with his last six coming under the UFC’s watch. He is arguably the UFC’s biggest draw this side of reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Speaking of the “Rowdy” one, there were rumblings that Rousey would face Miesha Tate in the co-main event when Aldo/McGregor came to fruition, but White told Yahoo that it only would have happened had Aldo/McGregor landed in Cowboys Stadium.
No other bouts have been reported for the lineup at this time.