On Saturday, June 3, the UFC will touch down in Rio de Janeiro to bring fight fans UFC 212, featuring a featherweight title unificaiton fight between reigning champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway
Aldo is coming off unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, earning the promotion’s interim featherweight title. While he was expected to challenge former champ and rival Conor McGregor in title unification bout, UFC officials instead stripped McGregor of his title and promoted Aldo to the new undisputed champion. As a result, the fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 was changed to an interim title fight.
Holloway would go on to decimate Pettis with strikes in the third round, extending his win streak to 10 straight. As the event unfolds, we’ll add all the results and highlights below. Make sure to bookmark this page to check back in, or refresh if you keep it open to get the latest. You can also follow @FanSidedMMA and @JoseYoungs on Twitter for all the latest updates.
The complete UFC 212 fight card will air later this evening (Sat., June 3, 2017) on two different stations — FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view (PPV) — as well as online via “Fight Pass” digital network. UFC 212’s “Prelims” undercard will begin at 6:30 p.m. online via “Fight Pass” before transitioning to the FOX Sports 1 television station at 8 p.m. ET. Once the UFC 212 undercard is complete inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the action will pick up on PPV at 10 p.m.ET,
starting with a Welterweight bout between local fan favorite, Erick Silva, taking on Yancy Medeiros. Then it’s a hard-hitting Middleweight scrap between mixed martial arts (MMA) up and comers Paulo Borrachinha and Oluwale Bamgbose. Third from the top of the PPV bill is a clash between Brazilian MMA legend, Vitor Belfort, making (most likely) his final appearance inside the Octagon against heavy-handed journeyman Nate Marquardt.
Leading UFC 212’s charge is Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who will attempt to once again make his 145-pound title whole when he locks horns with interim titleholder Max Holloway. Indeed, the division has been a mess since Conor McGregor bulldozed Aldo back in Dec. 2015 and then refused to defend the strap, opting instead to make history and become UFC’s first-ever “double champ.” Meanwhile, in the co-main event, top-ranked women’s Strawweight contenders, Claudia Gadelha (No. 1) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (No. 2), will go toe-to-toe in an effort to earn a rematch against 115-pound queenpin, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.