UFC 265: Jose Aldo is the fighter to watch

UFC bantamweight and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo is the fighter to keep an eye on in the UFC 265 co-main event.

It’s been a while since Jose Aldo has been on the outside looking in when it comes to a UFC title picture, going back to his long reign as the featherweight champion.

But now, after losing a vacant bantamweight title bout to Petr Yan and earning a clean win over Marlon Vera, Aldo needs another impressive performance to stay relevant in the absolutely stacked UFC bantamweight division.

Aldo’s first bout after moving to bantamweight didn’t exactly go as planned, as he lost by split-decision to Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 in a fight that many around the MMA community felt Aldo clearly earned the victory.

Aldo has the chance to get back in the 135-pound title discussion at UFC 265 against Pedro Munhoz, a dangerous striker who has accumulated wins over former champion Cody Garbrandt and rising contender Rob Font.

Entering UFC 265, Aldo is the fifth-ranked UFC bantamweight in the division behind top contenders such as T.J. Dillashaw, Cory Sandhagen, and Font. Dillashaw and Sandhagen recently fought at UFC Vegas 32, with the returning Dillashaw earning a split-decision win in arguably one of the best fights of the year.

Jose Aldo will need another impressive outing to remain in the bantamweight title picture

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is expected to defend his belt in an immediate title rematch with Yan, after their controversial finish at UFC 259. Dillashaw will more than likely get the next shot at the belt afterwards after beating Sandhagen, leaving Aldo needing a show-stopping performance to have any chance at getting another shot at the belt right away.

The 34-year-old Aldo remains in the prime of his career and he has benefitted from his championship-level experience inside the octagon. Aldo will look to prove to the rest of the UFC that he is still a fighter to be reckoned with even during the latter stages of his legendary run in the promotion.

UFC 265 takes place on Aug. 7, 2021, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.