Jose Aldo will go for his fifth straight title defense in February. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The UFC featherweight and bantamweight titles will be up for grabs on Super Bowl weekend, when Jose Aldo meets Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz faces Renan Barao.
UFC officials Tuesday announced the bookings, which take place Feb. 1 at UFC 169. Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will host the show, and the evening’s main card will air live on pay-per-view. The event will also feature a heavyweight clash, as former UFC king Frank Mir locks horns with ex-Strikeforce ruler Alistair Overeem.
Aldo, 27, has not lost since 2005 and currently stands at No. 3 in Sherdog’s pound-for-pound rankings. “Scarface” captured the World Extreme Cagefighting title in 2009 and was christened the UFC king in 2011, defending his belt five times thus far and most recently stopping Chan Sung Jung this past August at UFC 163.
Lamas, 31, rides a four-fight winning streak into his anticipated title opportunity. “The Bully” owns recent victories over Cub Swanson and Hatsu Hioki and last competed on Jan. 26, when he knocked out Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6.
The reigning UFC bantamweight champion, Cruz has been out of action for two years due to injury. “The Dominator,” who returns following a lengthy rehabilitation of a torn ACL, last fought in October 2011, when he defended his belt against future flyweight ruler Demetrius Johnson.
Barao will now look to unify his interim title with Cruz’s championship. The Brazilian won his belt last year by outpointing Urijah Faber and has defended it twice thus far, submitting Michael McDonald this past February before knocking out Eddie Wineland last month at UFC 165.