The UFC featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo (21-1) and Erik Koch (13-1) has been re-scheduled to take place at UFC 153. The event will take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 13.
The bout was announced today by officials via UFC.com who confirmed that both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup. These two men were originally scheduled to take each other on at UFC 149 but the bout was postponed due to an injury sustained by Aldo.
This fight will headline the nights main card which will also feature a light-heavyweight bout between Rampage Jackson and Glover Teixeira. The main card will air LIVE on PPV with the prelims expected to air on Facebook and FX/Fuel TV.
Jose Aldo has won all three of his UFC fights and has successfully defended his title against Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, and most recently Chad Mendes. The fight against Mendes took place at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Aldo won via TKO in the very first round; this leaves him on a fourteen fight winning streak which contains eight victories within the now defunct WEC promotion. Jose’s dominance continues to impress fans everywhere and there is doubt that he is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world at this current time.
Erik Koch enters this fight on a four fight winning streak with victories over Bendy Casimir, Francisco Rivera, Raphael Assunção, and most recently Jonathan Brookins in September 2011 where he won via decision. Koch also competed in the WEC which is where he suffered his only career defeat against Chad Mendes at WEC 47 losing by decision. This will be Erik’s third fight in the UFC and I am sure he would love nothing more than to take the UFC featherweight belt away from Aldo, but it won’t be easy against the seemingly unstoppable Brazilian.
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