An undisclosed injury forced UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo out of his planned UFC 149 title defense against Erik Koch. There was no immediate word on what the promotion’s official plans were in regards to postponing the match up, but MMAWeekly reports that Koch will in fact be riding the sidelines until Aldo recovers to hold on to his title shot.
Current rumors indicate that, while Aldo’s injury was severe enough to force him out of July’s UFC 149, it won’t keep him on the sidelines for very long. If true, that’s good news for Koch, who hasn’t appeared in action since he took a unanimous decision over Jonathan Brookins at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger last September 17. A proposed bout between himself and Dustin Poirier which was to take place afterward fell through when Koch suffered an injury.
13-1 as a pro, the 23-year-old Koch earned his title shot against Aldo by virtue of mounting a four-fight winning streak across the UFC and WEC. A submission over Bendy Casimir and a TKO over Francisco Rivera ensured that the Duke Roufus protege was brought into the UFC fold when the WEC was absorbed and two wins in the promotion — a knockout of Raphael Assuncao and the UD over Brookins — saw him awarded a shot at the belt.
Koch’s last loss came against the last man Aldo defeated to hold on to his belt, Chad Mendes. Mendes beat Koch by unanimous decision at WEC 47 in March of 2010.
Aldo’s injury withdrawal bumped the interim bantamweight title fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao from the UFC 148 co-main event to the top of the UFC 149 fight card. UFC 149 is scheduled for July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada.