Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) appears to be moving fast to fill the gaping hole left on the UFC 147 fight card with the relocation of the super showdown between Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen this summer.
MMAWeekly.com reports that Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who White hinted could be moved from the UFC 149 card, will likely defend his 145-pound title against Erik Koch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 23, 2012.
It's important to note that bout agreements have not been signed at this time. In addition, the report indicates that the Aldo-Koch fight could still take place at UFC 149 if it does indeed come to fruition.
However, with all other top division contenders locked up at the moment -- Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung is set for UFC on FUEL TV 3 and Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas likely for UFC on FX 4 -- Koch appears to be the only viable (and logical) competition left standing.Koch is a Roufusport product who was last seen inside the Octagon winning a closely contested decision against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 winner Jonathan Brookins back in Sept. 2011.
"New Breed" was expected to take on a fellow 145-pound rising star, the aforementioned Poirier, at UFC 143 earlier this year. However, Koch was hurt in training and forced to withdraw from the highly anticipated bout.
Koch sports an impressive record with Zuffa, at 5-1, while boasting a 13-1 record overall.
UFC 147 is currently without a venue, which is the reason the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion made the decision to move Silva-Sonnen 2 to UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 26, 2012. The possible addition of Aldo and a championship main event is likely a way to smooth things over with the passionate South American fans.
Hopefully, it is made official sooner rather than later.
If not, the UFC 147 will go on with a main event between Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva, as well as feature the finals of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil." Just for good measure, a Heavyweight battle between Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow is also on tap for the pay-per-view (PPV) main card.
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