Just last Thursday, July 19, the fight between Josel Aldo and Erik Koch was rescheduled to happen in Brazil at the UFC 153 event. The title to be defended by Aldo under featherweight division has been reset, as it was originally been added to UFC 149. However, Aldo has sustained injuries that made him withdraw and go for another date on UFC 153.
Aldo’s Success in MMA
Since 2006, Aldo has counted 14 victories and even snatched the title when it was still in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). This has happened last 2009 and from then on, Aldo has defended the title for five consecutive times. Recently, he knocked Chad Mendes at UFC 142. This is the fight where Aldo spent the whole defense without any strain. During the final second of the first round, Aldo won via knockout against Mendes. He has used his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques in taking down his opponents.
Koch Continuous Victory
Fighting under featherweight division, Koch is ranked at the 15th spot by Fight Matrix. His debut in professional MMA happened last 2007 and first defeated Jameel Massouh on WEC 45 last 2009. Nonetheless, this victory was overshadowed by Chad Mendes the following year at WEC 47. This was a rough time for Koch but he gained his fame during his match with Cub Swanson and earned the Knockout of the Night Honors on UFC 128. Recently, he was scheduled to fight with Dustin Poirier but instead replaced by Max Holloway due to an injury cited. Only one of his 13 fights were lost but the victories were consecutive over Francisco Rivera, Raphael Assuncao, Bendy Casimir, and Jonathan Brookins. Now, the event between Aldo and Koch will take place on October 13, which will be the third fight visity of UFC in Rio de Janeiro. Koch and Aldo will fighter under the Quinton Jackson versus Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.