UFC officials announced the matchups on Wednesday.
Following a 19-month hiatus from the sport, Chikadze returned to action back in August when he picked up an impressive unanimous decision win over Alex Caceres. The victory put Chikadze back on track after he suffered the first loss of his UFC career to Calvin Kattar back in January 2022.
As for Emmett, he’ll make his first appearance since dropping back-to-back fights to Yair Rodriguez and Ilia Topuria. Prior to those losses, Emmett had rattled off five straight wins, which earned him a shot at the interim UFC featherweight title.
Now Emmett looks to right the ship while facing a dangerous striker in Chikadze when they meet in December.
Meanwhile, Aldana will also make his return to action after suffering a loss to now former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in June. That decision loss dropped Aldana’s record to 4-2 over her past six fights but she’ll look to jump right back into the deep end of the division where nobody currently holds the title after Nunes announced her retirement.
The fight will serve as the biggest test for Rosa’s career as she looks to build on her recent win over Yana Santos in July. Rosa holds a 6-2 record in the UFC with her only losses coming to Norma Dumont and Sara McMann.
While the card isn’t finalized just yet, here are the matchups announced for UFC 296 in December
CO-MAIN EVENT: Alexander Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval
Josh Emmett vs. Giga Chikadze
Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa