Five Fights To Make After UFC 212

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Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson 

The once dominant Aldo has now lost two of his last three bouts by TKO. Some may argue that he has begun to decline and while that may be true, the Brazilian remains at just 30 years of age. His future is quite unclear, but he also has a few options to consider.

One option is moving up to lightweight, which he has discussed in the past. Given the difficulty of his weight cut down to 145 pounds, this seems like a logical option, although I don’t see Aldo moving up at this time. Coming off of a brutal loss, Aldo will likely be quite far away from a lightweight title shot. The Brazilian is also a prideful fighter and it wouldn’t surprise me if he regroups and puts his focus solely on getting his title back.

With that being said, a rematch between him and No. 4-ranked Cub Swanson could be the fight to make.

The two first fought at WEC 41 in June 2009 where Aldo scored an electrifying eight-second flying knee victory.

It could be argued that the two have unfinished business and now is the perfect time to finish that business. Swanson is riding a four fight winning streak and the winner of a fight between him and Aldo would land right back in title contention.