Today news broke from Zero Hora that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo would in fact be facing Erik Koch after all. The site stated that Aldo vs. Koch is likely for UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro in October. The fight between these two was originally slated for UFC 149 in Calgary this July, but Aldo had to pull out of the bout due to injury. Since the injury, fans and media have wondered whether or not Koch would still be receiving the title shot. At the UFC on FX 4 press conference, Dana White even stated that he was uncertain of Aldo/Koch still happening. This news should shoot down any rumors circulating about the fight.
Also stated in Zero Hora's article was that Vitor Belfort's return from a hand injury, one that kept him from fighting Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, is also expected at this event. No opponent was named, but it is possible for fights this summer between Tim Boetsch and Hector Lombard or Chris Weidman and Mark Munoz to produce an opponent for the returning Belfort.
The UFC has recently "struck gold", if you will, with the Brazilian market. Viewership in Brazil is far stronger than in the UFC's main market of the US. It is clear that they will want to give the Brazilians more fights they want to see in the aftermath of the very weak, but still exciting, UFC 147. With a proven superstar in Belfort and a growing one in Aldo to lead the card, they certainly seem to be making this a very stacked night of fights. Even more interesting, with the recent news that Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez may not happen at UFC 152, rumors have swirled that Junior may be holding out for a spot on the card in Rio. UFC 153 may be shaping up to be one of the best cards of the year.