The UFC are in the process of making amendments to their forthcoming fight cards to take into consideration the forthcoming merger with the WEC.
The first card to benefit from the joining of the two Zuffa entities will be UFC 125 on January 1st and the latest word from MMAJunkie is that a featherweight title fight between Brazilian star Jose Aldo (18-1) and the talented Josh Grispi (14-1) will now feature as the co-main event.
Grispi had originally been penciled in to face Erik Koch at WEC 52 next month with the winner believed to be in line for the title shot, but with the merger now in place it seems that the promotion are looking to ensure that the new era gets off to a strong start on New Year’s Day.
To my mind this is a smart move. I noted just a few weeks ago that Grispi, who’s ended his last eight fights inside the first round, should be the next man to face Aldo and it’s great to see it not only become a reality, but also be held on a much bigger stage than I had first anticipated.
It also gives a much needed boost to the UFC 125 card who’s main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard hadn’t exactly captured fan’s imaginations, while Shane Carwin pulling out of his co-main event fight with Roy Nelson had further weakened the event.
Of course what this does mean is that November 11th’s WEC 52 card, the promotion’s penultimate event, has now taken a hit. So far it’s not clear whether Erik Koch was still appear on the fight card or not.