Update: Cub Swanson has since refuted reports that he will be fighting at UFC 233.
I love this fight but unfortunately somebody spoke too soon. I am not fighting on 233 but I am willing to do it February 17th on ESPN 1
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) December 3, 2018
10 years on from their first meeting, Jose Aldo and Cub Swanson are reportedly set to meet once more in the cage.
As reported by Brazilian outlet Combate, the UFC are close to confirming that featherweight contenders Aldo and Swanson will meet at UFC 233 in Anaheim, California on January 26th.
Aldo and Swanson first fought in 2009 under the WEC banner with Aldo scoring a memorable eight-second flying knee knockout.
Aldo (27-4) most recently ended a two-fight losing streak at UFC on Fox 30 as the Brazilian earned a first-round knockout over Jeremy Stephens. The 32-year old long reigned over the 145 lbs division, including his time as WEC champion, and holds the UFC record for most successful title defences in featherweight history at seven.
Swanson (25-10) meanwhile is currently on a three-fight losing streak after suffering defeat at the hands of top contenders Brian Ortega, Frankie Edgar and Renato Moicano.
With an Aldo-Swanson bout now expected to be added to UFC 233, the PPV event is now slated to feature:
- Henry Cejudo (C) vs. TJ Dillashaw (bantamweight champion) – flyweight title fight
- José Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
- Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Francisco Trinaldo
- James Vick vs. Paul Felder
- Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
- Kron Gracie vs. Alex Caceres
- Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
- Marion Reneau vs. Yana Kunitskaya
- Anthony Hernandez vs. Markus Maluko
- Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire