Aldo will challenge champion Max Holloway in a rematch of their June showdown for the featherweight title which saw the Hawaiian crowned as the unified champ of the division with a third-round TKO win.
Aldo, meanwhile, will now get the opportunity to reclaim the featherweight title.
Jose Aldo is getting a second chance at Max Holloway. That led to both Aldo and top featherweight Cub Swanson offering their services; ultimately, the UFC appears to have gone with Aldo. As a result of Frankie Edgar going down with an injury earlier this week, MMA Fighting is reporting that Aldo has officially been named his replacement.
Aldo was originally set to face number three ranked Ricardo Lamas on December 16th at UFC on Fox 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Aldo campaigned to get the fight with Holloway after Frankie Edgar suffered an injury that forced him to drop out of their fight scheduled for December 2 in Detroit. Holloway was expected to make his first title defense against Edgar at UFC 218.
He still has unfinished business in the Octagon for now though, and first and foremost that means gaining vengeance over Holloway, who has become something of an unstoppable force in the division over the past few years, racking up 11 victories in a row. His last loss? In 2013, to none other than Conor McGregor.
The UFC has not yet announced the new main event. The Hawaiian champion is now on an eleven fight win streak.