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Report: Jose Aldo vs. Josh Grispi Likely for Featherweight Title Fight at UFC 125

According to a new report from Ariel Helwani, contracts have been sent out to book Jose Aldo vs. Josh Grispi as the UFC’s first official featherweight title fight at #125 (January 1st, Las Vegas). The bout would serve as the co-main event, supporting the lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

Aldo, now 8-0 in the WEC, most recently defended his belt for the second time against Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51 in September. Grispi is also undefeated under the WEC banner, and has slashed through Mark Hominick, Micah Miller, Jens Pulver, and LC Davis, all in under three minutes of the first round. The Massachusetts native was slated to face Eric Koch at next month’s WEC 52 event, but that fight would be canceled if he accepts the Aldo fight. (And why wouldn’t he, really? Besides the obvious.) As we reported previously, Mark Hominick was originally in line to be Aldo’s next opponent; however, his broken hand is preventing him from competing on New Year’s Day.

Helwani also reports that Roy Nelson — left without an opponent after Shane Carwin‘s back-related withdrawal — has been officially pulled from the event.

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djp1988- October 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm
I wasn't aware that the UFC was doing Casket Matches now.
Smitty- October 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Aldo via 6 feet under with dirt on top.
Elentius- October 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Anything can happen in MMA. I can fire off a few rounds as examples, but I do not need to that for the CP crowd... you guys namsayin!!
scooper837- October 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm
what a horrible fight to start the 145 division in the ufc.
BryanF- October 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm
They should pull the ol' bait & switch and make Aldo fight Florian even though he refused.

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El Famous Burrito- October 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm
Grispi seems like a tough kid, and this should be a fun fight to watch, but in the words of Curly Bill Brocius "Well....bye."
Bill Jackson- October 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm
I like this fight. Grispi is a worthy challenger for sure.
Sakuraba3900- October 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm
If Grispi wants to be undefeated he will stay on the wec 51 card and hold onto that clean record for another couple of months... if not hes gonna get ruined.

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jimbonics- October 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm
RIP Evan Tanner and Josh Grispi
Fried Taco- October 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Sounds like a good fight, but I was hoping Jose Aldo would fight Roy Nelson.
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