A featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch has finally been rescheduled for UFC 153 on October 13th.
The bout had originally been earmarked for this weekend’s UFC 149 card in Canada, but Aldo picked up an injury and had to withdraw.
Now he’ll get a chance to defend his title in Rio, Brazil for a second time, and will hope to replicate his success there in his last fight at UFC 142 when he KO’d Chad Mendes at the end of the first round before famously running out of the Octagon and into the crowd where he was held aloft in triumph by his fans.
Heading into the champion’s own backyard will no doubt be a daunting prospect for the 23 year-old Koch, but he’s shown with a perfect 4-0 record in the UFC so far, including two ‘Knockout Of The Night’ awards, that he too is a bright young star in the division and so it would be wise not to overlook his chances of pulling off an upset against the odds.
UFC 153 was also recently announced as the event that will stage Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s last fight for the promotion against Glover Teixeira in what’s likely to serve as the co-main event.