Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have been flirting with the idea of moving Jose Aldo's next featherweight title defense up to the UFC 147 event set for June 23, 2012, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, but it looks like that's simply not happening.
Instead, as originally announced, Aldo will remain on the UFC 149 fight card scheduled for July 21, 2012, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, according to a report from Sportv.Globo.com.
That would mean, of course, that the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson light heavyweight championship showdown isn't likely to happen at the event, though it's not impossible. Surely the UFC wouldn't put two title fights on the same show two events in a row, would they?
Aldo's opponent, though not officially announced, is expected to be Erik Koch. Agree with that decision or not, all other top division contenders are 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.
That means 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 149 is the first event held by the world's largest fight promotion in the province of Alberta. Aldo vs. Koch is expected to headline the event with other bouts announced for the card including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo, Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Nick Ring vs. Court McGee.
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