Jose Aldo To Defend UFC Featherweight Title At UFC 149 On July 21st

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The UFC held a press conference in Calgary today to officially announce that UFC 149 will take place in the city on July 21st. Dana White also announced that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title in the main event of the card. No opponent has been named yet.

Aldo (21-1) last competed at UFC 142 in January, where he defended his title by knocking out Chad Mendes at the end of the first round. He is the only featherweight champion in UFC history, and has successfully defended his title three times in the organization. He is also currently on a 14-fight winning streak.

There are a few possible suitors for a title shot. The most likely candidate would be Hatsu Hioki, the former Sengoku and TKO featherweight champion who is 2-0 in the UFC and most recently thrashed Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144. The main event of UFC on Fuel 3 between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung has been branded a "title eliminator" as well, so the winner of that bout could be in line to main event in Calgary.

Dana also announced that Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 2 would not take place on this card, and he was looking to book a solid co-main event as soon as possible. Along with that, Toronto will host a UFC card on September 22nd, and Montreal gets one on November 17th. The UFC will also return to all three cities in 2013.

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