Erik Koch Will Wait for Jose Aldo

June 11, 2012
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With Jose Aldo injured and out of UFC 149, the formal announcement from UFC officials was that his bout with Erik Koch would be ‘postponed’ and now that has been confirmed.

Sources close to Koch’s camp indicated when speaking to that the Duke Roufus trained featherweight will indeed sit out of UFC 149 and await Aldo’s return to action.

There has been no confirmed detail regarding the nature of Aldo’s injury, but additional sources have stated that the Brazilian won’t be out for an extended period of time to cause further delays to his next title defense.

A report from Yahoo! states that Aldo suffered a left thigh strain that ultimately caused him to pull out of the fight.

Aldo has yet to comment on his injury since the announcement was made over the weekend.

The only downside is the injury, minor or not, is that it was bad enough to force him out of UFC 149 in late July.

Koch has been out since last September when he defeated former Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins. By the time he is able to return against Aldo it will likely be more than a year since his last trip to the Octagon.

Since Aldo’s injury happened, the UFC moved over the UFC 148 co-main event between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao, as they battle for the UFC interim bantamweight title, over to UFC 149 as the new headline fight.

There’s been no official word on when Aldo vs. Koch might happen, but with the injuries mounting, the sooner the better once the Brazilian champion is recovered.

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  • RubeKegal

    Koch is fearless and will win!

    • kennypowers

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Thats classics man, you are hilarious. That’s even funnier then when they were saying Mendes was gonna win. XD

      • RubeKegal

        Lol I sense you sensed my sarcasm. All kidding aside, I think you must have confused me with someone else. I never had Mendes beating Aldo. Koch is first legitimate threat in my book.

  • goleta83

    Gay. They shouldn’t allow all this waiting. No one fights any more

    • RubeKegal

      Not gay at all. These fighters often make sh*t money. In his loss to Mendes, Koch made a whopping $3,000. In his fight against Francisco Rivera, he got 4K with a 4K win bonus and 10K KO of the night. In UFC, his fight against Assuncao he received 6,000 to show up, got another 6,000 for the win and luckily received a 70,000 KO bonus. In his win over Brookins, he received the same 6,000 to show and win for 12,000.

      Do you know what he’s going to receive just to fight Aldo? Minimum $30,000, with a $30,000 win opt and that’s before any rewards are handed out. Don’t blame him for sitting out at all.

  • bajafox

    Yea it’s gay but these guys don’t get very many cracks at the titles these days so sometimes it’s worth the wait

  • D-rail

    Kotch should call up Condit and take a trip together so they can come back refreshed after taking a nice and long vacation.

  • Yeah Koch’s best interest is to wait because this fight could change his life win or lose. A title fight is always big to a fighter’s career. Aldo’s supposed injury does not sound too serious so the fight might be delayed a month or two. It will only give Koch more time to prepare if he is serious about beating Aldo.

    Check out who Brian Stann wants to fight next

  • ok someone please explain how koch even got a title shot? he has a loss to mendes and a decision victory over brookins last year, plase im beggin some one tell me how, ill even accept he was the only fighter left in feather weight before the korean zombie. what has this dude done in ufc, cause it cant be the fact he is undeafeated in some off brand fighting organization. i mean its not bellator, strikeforce, titan, cage assualt, cage rage. only WEC and who did he beat look at the other guys records who did they beat. with all that said not sayin he sucks or he is bad fighter but how did he get a title shot, all im asking. not to drift but u got clay guida who has been in top 10 lightweight forever with no title shot. yes i know different weight class but all the other weight classes people have to earn a title shot against a top 10 fighter or so many fight win streak in ufc to get the title shot.