Forget about what UFC president Dana White said just four days ago about plucking featherweight king Jose Aldo (Pictured) from UFC 149 so he could fight in front of his Brazilian brethren at UFC 147. According to MMAJunkie, Aldo will remain in the July 21st extravaganza and headline the show opposite Erik Koch.
Aldo was originally announced as UFC 149‘s featured attraction, but White stated Tuesday that Aldo would “probably” be moved to the June 23rd card after Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II was forced out of the lineup and relocated to UFC 148. At the time, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion believed Brazil’s event needed more local star power as the rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva is currently receiving top billing.
“Scarface” will be riding a 14-fight winning streak into the shootout. Aldo was last seen posterizing Chad Mendes at UFC 142. The 25-year-old assassin is arguably the baddest 145-pounder to ever storm the MMA scene.
Koch outpointed Jonathan Brookins in September for a unanimous decision victory to collect his fourth consecutive win. He was scheduled to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143, but withdrew due to injury and has been on the mend ever since.
UFC 149 takes place inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Here are the athletes expected to perform up north:
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson
Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
Erik Koch vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)