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Report: Jose Aldo vs Cub Swanson rematch happens at UFC 233

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Aldo vs Swanson 2 is a rematch ten years in the making, but does it really have to happen now?

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Calgary-Aldo vs Stephens Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Long time WEC products will collide again, as Combate reports that Jose Aldo will rematch Cub Swanson at UFC 233. The bout will happen on January 26, 2019, which is almost ten years since their original match up.

The pair first fought back at WEC 41, before Aldo even became the featherweight champion. The bout lasted just eight seconds, with Aldo landing that iconic double flying knee that crumpled and badly cut Swanson at the very start the match up.

Both men are have been mainstays at the WEC and UFC featherweight division for years, with Aldo of course having champion or at least top contender status for a while now. It’s a rematch that’s about ten years in the making, but the timing doesn’t quite make sense now.

It would’ve been a terrific match up last year when Swanson was riding a four-fight winning streak and looking like a legitimate title contender. Now, the 35-year-old is coming off three tough losses in recent months.

Aldo on the other hand, may have dropped bouts to Max Holloway in 2017, but he is coming off an impressive TKO over Jeremy Stephens last July. He may not be able to unseat the current champ, but the featherweight legend still reminded everyone that he’s still among the elite in the sport.

Swanson can certainly revive his title hopes and instantly shoot back up the rankings by avenging his loss to the former champ, but there doesn’t seem to be much upside for Aldo here. He probably can’t top that eight second highlight reel classic, and I’m not sure he gains much from beating the same person and handing him his fourth straight defeat either.

Prior to this, Aldo had earlier teased a lightweight debut if he doesn’t get to fight Brian Ortega. That honestly would’ve made more sense for his career.