One day after getting anointed the UFC’s new featherweight champion, Jose Aldo has reportedly been assigned his next opponent. According to Ariel Helwani, the talented Josh Grispi will be the Brazilian’s date for UFC 125 on New Year’s Day.
Aldo owns a dominant 18-1 professional record and has posted a perfect 8-0 mark in the WEC en route to capturing the title. He was last seen putting Manny Gamburyan to sleep at WEC 51.
For those that think Grispi is a fluke, you’re absolutely right. The underrated 145-pounder, whose nickname is “The Fluke,” dons an impressive 14-1 resume and has ended all but one of his fights before the final horns have sounded.
The January 1st show takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A lightweight title scrap between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
A heavyweight bout between Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson were slotted as the co-main event, however the former interim title holder was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Helwani mentioned the bout is far from official, however MixedMartialArts.com echoed the same sentiment moments later. MMA’s all-everything journalist also added that Nelson has been pulled from UFC 125’s roster.
If these reports hold true, it’s like the featherweight title fight will serve as the card’s new co-featured contest.
Here are the athletes expected/rumored to work on New Year’s Day:
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
Jason MacDonald and Rafael Natal
Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida
Josh Grispi vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)