(4) Font vs. (5) Aldo
This clash of top-five bantamweights will hold serious title implications and will almost certainly offer incredible action. Font is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, while Aldo has won his last two, improving to 2-2 since dropping down to bantamweight. Aldo will be fighting in his first main event since his 2017 featherweight title rematch with Max Holloway, and Font is competing in his second consecutive main event following his decision win over Cody Garbrandt in May of this year.
Font is someone whose name always seems to come up in the “best boxers in the UFC” conversation, and rightfully so. Font’s best weapons are his hands and he has some of the cleanest technical boxing in the bantamweight division and on the UFC roster. It’s all about fundamentals for Font, he starts everything with his jab, and counters beautifully with check hooks and uppercuts.
His head movement and feints help him to set traps for simple and effective punches. Defensively, Font rarely absorbs clean shots because he’s always moving and he guards well with his hands and shoulders. The main concern about Font’s striking in this matchup is his defense to the body. He doesn’t have many holes in his game, but he has allowed some considerable damage to his midsection in the past, and Jose Aldo loves to attack the body.
Another potential concern for Font in this fight is his takedown defense. Each of his last three opponents have taken him down at least once, but Font is very good at using submission attempts to sweep back to his feet. Aldo isn’t traditionally a wrestler, but employed his grappling to help win a decision over Marlon Vera this year.
Aldo is himself a boxer by nature, but is a versatile fighter and highly skilled all around. Even at 35 years old, his hands looked as sharp, in his last fight against Pedro Munhoz, as they ever have. His jab has been on fire, his hand speed looks incredible and his timing has been excellent.
Font will likely be throwing at a higher volume, but one of the big questions is whether Aldo will be there to be hit. While both fighters are excellent technical boxers, there is a difference in their respective approaches. The high-level chess match that Aldo and Font have on Saturday will be a spectacular sight, and I don’t see too many ways in ends inside the distance.
Both fighters have the ability to finish fights with their hands, but they are also both very good defensive strikers who possess tools to defend themselves if they do get hurt. I think -150 is a fair price for this fight to go the 25-minute distance.