As Expected, Jose Aldo Opens as Huge Favorite over Erik Koch

May 11, 2012
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Jose Aldo vs Erik Koch
When you are a five time defending champion, it’s hard to argue being the favorite heading into your sixth title defense.

That’s the position that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo sits in as he heads into his latest title bout against contender Erik Koch, and as expected he’s opened as a huge favorite.

According to Nick Kalikas from BetOnFighting.com, Jose Aldo has opened as a sizeable favorite in his bout against Koch at UFC 149 in Calgary.

Aldo opened at a whopping -385 as the favorite coming into the fight, with the comeback on Koch at +285.

While the odds are no surprise, Erik Koch does bring an interesting striking arsenal into the bout, and has the advantage of coach Duke Roufus in his corner. Koch also trains with other top fighters including UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis, as he gets ready for his showdown with Aldo this summer.

Aldo is still a big favorite and with good reason.

The Brazilian has looked virtually unstoppable since capturing the WEC featherweight title from Mike Brown in 2009. Since that time, Aldo has gone 5-0 in title fights with three decision wins and two stoppages over Chad Mendes and Manny Gamburyan.

Aldo and Koch face off in the main event of UFC 149 in Calgary on June 21.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    It’ll tighten up as the fight approaches.

    While I certainly agree that Aldo is the favorite, Koch is a stud and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he pulled off the upset.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    I certainly wouldnt put money on Koch in this fight.

  • JayeP1976

    Koch is young and very talented, but this is a huge step up in competition for him. He’s just meat for the beast in this one.