The UFC Tonight’ show revealed last night that next February’s Superbowl weekend show, aka UFC 156, will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.
The bout had originally been planned for UFC 153 in Brazil earlier this month, with Edgar moving down from 155lbs as a replacement for Erik Koch but it had to be scrapped when Aldo injured himself in a motorcycle accident.
It was then rumored that the eagerly anticipated bout would then take place in Brazil in January of 2013, but it’s now been shunted back a month to headline what’s considered to be one of the UFC’s biggest dates of the year.
“This is not only a world title fight but also a superfight that has long been a dream match for many fans,” white said after the fight was announced for February 2nd. “Aldo and Edgar are two fantastic fighters who are always a part of the pound-for-pound debate.”
One interesting side-note to this is that due to it being confirmed that this will serve as UFC 156, that means that there will be no numbered event in January.
It’s not clear why that is, but it may be due to the fact that White is scheduled to have ear surgery at the start of the year and may need time to recuperate.
Nevertheless, it is believed that the UFC still plan to host an event in Brazil in January which suggests that it would most likely be a ‘UFC On FX’ style or ‘UFC On Fuel TV’ event.