In lieu of the fight’s official announcement this week, the crew over at MMAOddsbreakers have released an early line for the fight, with Aldo coming in as the -385 favorite to win.
Koch, on the other hand, is listed at a confidence-inspiring +285.
Undefeated in his last fourteen bouts, Aldo’s biggest challenge so far as featherweight champion has been the weight cut. During his tenure as champion (both of the WEC and UFC), Aldo has beaten featherweight standouts like Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian and Chad Mendes and he looked mostly infallible in all of those victories. Spectacular on the feet and with no glaring weaknesses anywhere else, Aldo is a terror at 145.
Koch, who earned the unenviable task of challenging Aldo for his title by virtue of a four-fight winning streak, is a Roufusport product whose biggest wins are a knockout of Raphael Assuncao and a unanimous decision over Jonathan Brookins.
At a press conference held earlier this week, the UFC officially announced Aldo vs. Koch as the headliner for the upcoming UFC 149 fight card, which will take place on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada.