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Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch, take two.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight titleholder will defend his belt in the main event of the UFC 153 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, currently slated for the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 13, 2012.
UFC officials made the announcement earlier today.
Aldo was originally set to battle Koch at this weekend's UFC 149 event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, however, it was later announced the fight would be derailed (along with many other "Cow Town" match-ups) because of an injury to the Brazilian's leg.
Looks like "Junior" is all patched up and ready to go.
Koch is a Roufusport product who was last seen winning a closely contested decision against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 winner Jonathan Brookins back in Sept. 2011. "New Breed" extended his winning streak to four with the win and the lone blemish on his otherwise stellar resume is a unanimous decision loss to fellow featherweight contender Chad Mendes.
Will he be good enough to stop the striking prowess of "Scarface?"
Aldo knocked out "Money" Mendes at UFC 142 last January for his fourteenth win in a row, including three under the UFC banner. Kenny Florian and Urijah Faber did their best to wrest the strap from the clutches of the lanky but lucid Brazilian, to no avail.
And now he's got the home field advantage.
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