UFC president Dana White made several announcements during Tuesday’s press conference in Brazil. Although White couldn’t promise Jose Aldo (Pictured) would participate in the Octagon’s return to Brazil, he indicated there’s a strong possibility the reigning featherweight king would perform in front of his brethren.
“We talked about moving Jose down to [UFC 147], it’s probably going to happen. We’re working with his camp right now,” White stated.
The company is still scouring their roster for Aldo’s next opponent. It’s possible Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung or Dustin Poirier could get next dibs at “Scarface”– assuming the victor of their May 15th shootout escapes unscathed, of course.
Aldo was scheduled to headline the organization’s debut in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 21st. However, since Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II was forced off UFC 147, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion believes the show needs more local star power.
The move makes sense on multiple levels. The last time Aldo took center stage, he jammed his knee in Chad Mendes’ face to post one of the most thrilling knockouts in UFC history. He immediately bolted out of the cage to celebrate in the stands with his fellow Brazilians.
UFC 147 takes place June 23rd in jiu jitsu country. However, the organization is still looking to secure a venue to host the fiesta.
Here are the athletes rumored for the show:
Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion) vs. TBD
Milton Viera vs. Felipe Arantes
“TUF: Brazil” Featherweight Finals
“TUF: Brazil” Middleweight Finals
Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow
Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva