Frankie Edgar was forced to relinquish his featherweight title shot against Max Holloway due to injury this week.
This left UFC 218’s main event, due to take place on December 2, in the lurch. Thankfully, with just under a month left until the pay-per-view, there was enough time for a replacement to step in.
The two main candidates were Cub Swanson, who defeated Artem Lobov in his last outing back in April, and one Jose Aldo – who once dominated the division for five years.
Both men have lost to Holloway – Swanson lost by guillotine choke in 2015, while Aldo lost in his title defence by TKO this past June.
While Swanson emerged as the early favourite to receive the main event berth, once Aldo stated his intent to reclaim his crown on short notice, there was only one man who could really be chosen.
— Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) November 9, 2017
Now according to Globo – Combate, the outlet that reported Edgar’s withdrawal, a verbal agreement has been reached for Aldo and Holloway to have their unexpected rematch in Detroit, Michigan, with the contract just waiting to be signed.
Ariel Helwani corroborated this, stating that barring a late ‘roadblock’, the deal is as good as done.
This fight still isn’t signed yet, but barring a last minute massive road block, it’s the fight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 10, 2017
Regardless of the outcome, UFC 218 is still stacked with ridiculous match-ups such as Alastair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou and Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje.