Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be looking to win three fights in a row for the first time in almost six years when he takes on Rob Font on Saturday at UFC Vegas 44 as a +115 underdog on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Aldo is coming off a three-round unanimous decision win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265, and will be making his third octagon appearance in less than 12 months in Saturday's bout at UFC Apex.
Aldo has struggled since losing his UFC featherweight title to Conor McGregor, which marked the first of six defeats over a nine-fight span. However, the 35-year-old has shown signs of a turnaround in two straight victories since a failed bid to claim the bantamweight crown against Petr Yan at UFC 251 left him considering retirement. In the wake of that loss, Aldo began boxing training with the navy in his native Brazil, and gives credit to that experience for both his win over Munhoz and a three-round unanimous decision victory over Marlon Vera at UFC Vegas 17.
Currently riding a four-fight win streak, Font returns to action on Saturday set as a -145 favourite at online betting sites. The 34-year-old American is coming off a five-round unanimous decision win over Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27, and currently sits one spot ahead of Aldo at No. 4 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
Font has needed a nod from the judges in three of his four recent victories, including unanimous decision wins over Sergio Pettis and Ricky Simon. However, he demonstrated impressive punching power while claiming a first-round TKO win over Marlon Moraes at UFC Vegas 17 that earned him his second career Performance of the Night bonus.
Earlier on Saturday night, lightweights took centre stage in a pair of clashes. Leonardo Santos tries to recover from his first defeat in 12 years as he takes on Clay Guida as -190 chalk, while the co-main event of the evening has Rafael Fiziev battling Brad Riddell as a narrow -120 favourite.
Santos suffered a stunning third-round KO loss to Grant Dawson at UFC Vegas 22 to put the brakes on a lengthy 13-fight undefeated streak that featured six first-round finishes. Things have not gone so well for Guida, who has lost four of his past six fights and looks to Saturday as a +155 underdog on the UFC betting lines.
Fiziev returns to action aiming to extend a four-fight win streak during which he has claimed a pair of Fight of the Night bonuses. Riddell is set as a -110 underdog despite posting seven straight victories, including four wins by decision since joining the UFC two years ago.