As expected, featherweight king Jose Aldo (Pictured) will defend his crown against Erik Koch at UFC 149. The organization confirmed the 145-pounders would headline their July 21st extravaganza on Friday evening.
Aldo was originally announced as UFC 149‘s featured attraction, but UFC president Dana White stated last week that Aldo would “probably” be moved to UFC 147 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. Tickets for the show go on sale next week.
Here are the athletes expected to perform in Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s homeland:
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Thiago Silva
Erik Koch vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)