Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against Erik Koch in Calgary after all.
According to sources close to the fight, Aldo (25-1) vs. Koch (13-1) will headline UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary. The UFC considered booking the fight on June 23 in Brazil, but Aldo wasn't ready to fight then. They had originally offered the title fight to Hatsu Hioki, however, Hioki asked for one more fight before facing Aldo, so they booked him against Ricardo Lamas on June 22 in Atlantic City, N.J.
CagePotato.com first passed along the possibility of the bout last week, while MMAJunkie.com reported the location over the weekend.
The 25-year-old Aldo enters the fight riding a 14-fight winning streak. He's 3-0 since entering the UFC against Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian and Chad Mendes.
Koch, 23, has won his last four fights in a row. He most recently defeated Jonathan Brookins in September, and while he was booked against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143, he was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury.
UFC 149 will mark the promotion's first trip to Calgary. The main card will air live on pay-per-view.
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