A pair of title fights will top the UFC return to New Jersey on Feb. 1.
UFC officials announced on Tuesday that longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo will return to action, defending his title against No.1 contender Ricardo Lamas in the main event at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center.
In the co-main event, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will make his long-awaited return to the octagon in a fight with interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao.
Cruz’s return to to fighting will come 28 months after his last time in a match, a successful title defense against Demetrious Johnson at UFC Live 6 in October 2011.
More bouts are expected to be announced soon. A heavyweight fight between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem rounds out the card up to now.