Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com first reported the news.
Aldo (28-7-0) enters the contest riding a three-fight losing streak, dropping bouts to Marlon Moraes, Petr Yan and Alexander Volkanovski. Also hasn’t earned a victory in almost two years, with his last win coming over Renato Moicano at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza. Aldo was the first ever UFC featherweight champion and he defended the gold seven times before losing it.
Vera (16-6-1) has won six of his last seven, with notable victories coming over Frankie Saenz, Andre Ewell and Sean O’Malley. Vera hasn’t been defeated in a bantamweight division bout in almsot three years, with his last divisional loss coming to Douglas Silva De Andrade at UFC Fight Night Belem. Vera has suffered six losses as a professional MMA fighter and all of them came by way of decision.
UFC Vegas 17 takes place on Saturday, December 19 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada with Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, while broadcast plans have yet to be revealed.