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Jose Aldo Likely to Defend Featherweight Title Against Erik Koch

(Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly)

Jose Aldo‘s next opponent is close to being finalized, and from what we hear, it won’t be Hatsu Hioki or Frankie Edgar. A source close to Roufusport MMA Academy has informed that 145-pound contender Erik Koch has been sent a contract to challenge Aldo for the UFC featherweight title. The fight would likely take place at UFC 147 in Brazil.

Until we can confirm this report with one of the fighters themselves, treat it as a rumor for now. We’ve contacted Koch’s manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., but have yet to receive a response. Stay tuned.

Koch (13-1) is 2-0 in the UFC, including his Knockout of the Night win against Raphael Assuncao and a unanimous decision over TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins last September. He was scheduled to return against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 in February, but had to withdraw due to injury.

Update: Hatsu Hioki will be facing Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX 4, and Aldo vs. Koch is now very likely.

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doi- April 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm
it should be Poirier
CanadianClassix- April 26, 2012 at 10:07 am
Totally agree poirier would give aldo a way better fight, Koch should have another fight like Denis Siver or Hatsu Hioki before they dish him a shot
Get Off Me- April 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm
elburrogrande- April 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm
dont forget guys that this division has existed before the ufc. or do you really believe Aldo became champion without winning a single fight? koch is the real deal
Warrenmachine- April 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm
In the same world that Lesnar can go 1-1 and be given a title shot, and in the same world Jim Miller gets fucked after winning 7 fights. UFC "business as usual".
Lesnarischamp- April 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Nice... it'll be interesting to see how Aldo does with someone with a bigger reach. Koch is great all around too with his one loss to decision to a green Mendes.

This reminds me of when Edgar was tabbed for a title shot against Penn. There was a lot of WTFs when it happened but, like with the FWs at the moment, there was no set #1 contender so you might as well pick one of the top contenders to keep the division moving along.
Todd M- April 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm
Whoops accidentally voted your comment down when I should have voted it up. Koch and Poirier are the two top contenders in my book and with Poirier already headlining a card Koch is the best choice, should be a great fight.
Ani703- April 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Sloppyspray- April 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm
I'm glad the UFC finally started to have their dominant champs take on supernatural and mythical contenders! Aldo vs. Nosferatu, GSP vs. Dracula, Silva vs. the Chupacabra, Jones vs. Frankenstein, and JDS vs. Bigfoot! O never mind, JDS is fighting Mir, my bad.
Alan K- April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Sounds good to me.
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NinjaVanish- April 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Fuck the haters, Koch is exciting and deadly on both the ground and standing up. I heard about this a few weeks ago, I don't think its a rumor.
ChrisH- April 25, 2012 at 11:51 am
In what fucking world does this idiot deserve a title shot? 2-0 in the UFC, nice man - thats never been done before! Fuckin Dana
Stak40- April 25, 2012 at 11:37 am
Don't know what he did to Dana and co but this punishment couldn't possibly fit the crime.
Fried Taco- April 25, 2012 at 11:32 am
So did they just put a bunch of names in a hat and have someone draw one out?