Jose Aldo Returns at UFC on ESPN+ 2 to Face Renato Moicano

December 14, 2018

Former UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo returns to the Octagon at UFC on ESPN+ 2 to face Renato Moicano.

UFC officials announced the bout on Friday. It will be part of the UFC’s second foray onto ESPN+ in 2019, which features a headlining rematch between bantamweight contenders Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes. UFC on ESPN+ 2 takes place on Feb. 2 at Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Aldo (27-4) will be making his first start in more than six months when he steps into the cage opposite a fellow Brazilian in front of their home country crowd.

Following years of dominance, Aldo went through a rough patch, losing the UFC featherweight title to Conor McGregor, bouncing back with a win over Frankie Edgar, but then losing back-to-back bouts to current champion Max Holloway, all within a two-year span. 

Against Moicano, he hopes to build momentum for another title run, as he is coming off of a first-round finish of heavy-handed Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30 in July.

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Moicano should not be an easy route back to title contention, however, as he is on of the hottest properties in the 145-pound weight class. 

Outside of a loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 214 last year, Moicano has won all of his bouts in the Octagon en route to a 13-1-1 record overall.