After being discussed as a possible headliner for UFC 147 in Brazil, Jose Aldo will remain in Calgary on the UFC 149 card in July, as he will take on Eric Koch in a featherweight title matchup. UFC 149 takes place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on July 21st.
Aldo (21-1) fought in Brazil in his last fight, a title defending win over Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in January. He was expected to make his return to his home country for UFC 147, but according to MMAJunkie, his training camp feels he will not be ready in time for the June 23rd event. This will be his fourth UFC title defense, as he has defeated Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, and Mendes within the past year.
Koch (13-1) has also enjoyed an undefeated run in the UFC, having gone 2-0 since transitioning over from the WEC. He last fought in September, defeating Jonathan Brookins via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 25. He was expected to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 in February, but withdrew due to injury. The matchup was expected to determine the number one contender in the featherweight division. Poirier went on to defeat Max Holloway, and is now scheduled to take on Chan Sung Jung at UFC on Fuel TV 3 on May 15th. The other top featherweight contender, Hatsu Hioki, also has a fight scheduled, against Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX 4 in June. Now Koch will be the one that takes on the champion in Aldo.
UFC 149 will also feature a heavyweight matchup between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo.
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