Saturday, Jun 3, 2017
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on June 3, 2017 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A UFC Featherweight Championship unification bout between current two-time champion José Aldo and current interim champion Max Holloway is expected to serve as the main event.
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum was expected to face former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at the event. However on April 6, he was pulled from the bout after he was flagged for a potential doping violation by USADA stemming from his most recent bout against Vitor Belfort. Gastelum tested positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC) which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standard. The in-competition sample was collected on the night of Gastelum's fight on March 11 in Brazil. He has been placed on a provisional suspension as a result of the positive drug test and he will be afforded a full adjudication process. As of April 10, it has been confirmed that former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold was offered the fight and accepted it. In turn, Silva dismissed the idea a day later, citing that Rockhold is coming from a loss and because of that it wouldn't make sense. Instead, Silva floated potential matchups with Uriah Hall or a rematch with Nick Diaz. On May 1, Silva gave the UFC an ultimatum: he wants to fight 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former world champion in freestyle wrestling Yoel Romero for the interim title or he will retire.
Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway
Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt
Claudia GAdelha vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Paulo Borrachinha vs Oluwale Bamgbose
Erick Silva vs Yancy Medeiros
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.