As expected, newly crowned UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo will defend his title against Josh Grispi at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day.
“Jose Aldo is one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound, and you’ll see why on January 1st,” said UFC president Dana White. “Aldo can do it all, and his historic arrival in the UFC as its first featherweight champion is going to set an exciting new standard. But Josh Grispi is a finisher, and he’s got every intention of taking the featherweight title back to Boston.”
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.
The underrated Grispi 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.
Here are the fighters rumored/scheduled to participate in the pay-per-view broadcast:
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)