A featherweight championship unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway headlines the UFC’s return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 3 for UFC 212.
Max Holloway earned the interim featherweight title after finishing elite striker Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 and now seeks to become the undisputed featherweight champion with a win over Jose Aldo. This is undoubtedly the biggest challenge of the 25-year-old Hawaiian’s career and he’ll not only be facing one of the best to have ever competed inside the octagon, but thousands of screaming fans in Rio de Janeiro, too.
Jose Aldo will be competing for the first time since dominating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. If Aldo proves victorious and defends the featherweight title for the eighth time in his career, the only scar that remains on his record is the 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor. A truly dominant performance against Max Holloway at UFC 212 would help provide the momentum required in attempting to convince Conor McGregor into a rematch in the future, however unlikely.
The UFC 212 co-main event is an intriguing battle between two of the best women’s strawweights in the world, Claudia Gadelha (10-1) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (13-2). These fighters and their respective records have just one thing in common; they have only ever lost to current UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejcyk. Gadelha has pushed Jedrzejcyk to the limits on two occasions now and a win over Kowalkiewicz should put her in line for a third shot at the champion.
Elsewhere on the card, Vitor Belfort competes for the last time in the UFC against Nate Marquardt. A highly anticipated bantamweight battle between former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) champion, Marlon Moraes, and Raphael Assuncao headlines the preliminary card.
Main Card – 10pm ET
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
Preliminary Card – 8pm ET
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely
Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kelleher
UFC Fight Pass Prelims – 6:30pm ET
Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead
Marco Antonio Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara