UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will meet Erik Koch in the main event of UFC 149 this July at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The bout had been rumored as the event’s headliner for some time, but the UFC only made the bout official today. Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public this Saturday, May 12, at 12PM ET.
Aldo (21-1) will be attempting to make his fourth straight title defense (sixth, if you count his defenses of the WEC title) against Koch. The 25-year-old dynamo has kept the featherweight division squarely under his thumb since taking the title, having dominantly repelled every challenger to his throne so far. Aldo’s most recent conquest came this past January over Chad Mendes, whom Aldo knocked out in one round.
Koch (13-1) will look to accomplish what no man has yet been able to by wresting the title from Aldo’s grasp. The 23-year-old has won four straight bouts since suffering his only loss to Chad Mendes back at WEC 47. The Roufusport representative made his UFC debut just over a year ago, knocking out Raphael Assuncao in the first round of their UFC 128 meeting. In his next and most recent outing, Koch took a unanimous decision over Jonathan Brookins.
The current UFC 149 lineup – confirmed or otherwise – looks like this:
- Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch
- Mauricio Rua vs. Thiago Silva
- Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
- Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
- Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
- Anthony Perosh vs. Ryan Jimmo
- George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho
- Nick Ring vs. Court McGee
- Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
- Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen