With the news that the championship fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen has been moved to Las Vegas for UFC 148, UFC President Dana White announced that Brazil still very well may be hosting a championship fight, as the organization is discussing the possibility of moving Jose Aldo’s scheduled fight from UFC 149 to UFC 147. Aldo has not had an opponent announced for the July 21st event.
White stated “We have talked about moving Jose [Aldo] to this card here. It is probably going to happen. We are working with his camp right now”
Aldo (21-1) last fought in Brazil, as he defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro in January. This was his first fight in his home country since May 2007. Since that time, Aldo has become one of the top fighters in Zuffa, first in the WEC and then the UFC. Aldo’s win over Mendes was his third consecutive UFC featherweight title defense, and fifth overall when including defenses of the WEC title.
In March, the UFC announced the first event for Canada in 2012, as the UFC will make its debut in Calgary for UFC 149 in July. Aldo was announced as the headliner, but an opponent for “Junior” was not announced. Potential opponents include Hatsu Hioki, Eric Koch, and the winner of the upcoming fight between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung aka “The Korean Zombie”. That fight headlines UFC on Fuel TV 3 on May 15th.
UFC 147 will still feature all other scheduled matchups, including Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow, and The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil finals.
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