Jose Aldo-Ricardo Lamas official for UFC Winnipeg

Jose Aldo, right, of Brazil and Ricardo Lamas of Chicago, IL fight in the second round of the Ultimate Fighting Featherweight Championship Mix Martial Arts bout in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Aldo won by unanimous decision in five rounds. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)
AP Photo/Tim Larsen

Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas will square off in a rematch at UFC Winnipeg on Dec. 16, the UFC formally announced on Friday. Reports from last month indicated that the two gave the nod to the bout while the featherweight tilt is now a full-go north of the border.

The two fighters originally met in February 2014 at UFC 169 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with Aldo winning via unanimous decision.

Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), had won 18 straight fights leading up to his highly anticipated bout with Conor McGregor in December 2015. Couple the TKO in 13 seconds at the hands of the Irishman and a bookended loss to Max Holloway at UFC 212 in June, and Aldo has dropped two of his last three. But with a few fights still left on his UFC deal, the 31-year-old also has a desire to start boxing.

There was speculation that Aldo could have been inserted on the UFC 217 card at Madison Square Garden, and even the fighter supported that when he said fighting at Madison Square Garden and in New York would be a “dream.”

Lamas, who suffered a loss to Holloway in June 2016, is fresh off back-to-back wins — a submission over Charles Oliviera last November and a TKO victory over Jason Knight at UFC 214 in July. Lamas is 18-5 in “The Octagon” with the defeat to Aldo marking the third of his career.

It was announced on Thursday that the UFC Winnipeg card will be headlined by welterweights Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, who will square off in the main event.

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