And just like that we have the first official defense of the UFC featherweight title.
Jose Aldo, who was announced on Thursday to defend his newly minted UFC featherweight belt at UFC 125, will battle New England fighter Josh Grispi in the co-main event of the New Year’s Day card set to go down in Las Vegas.
The match-up was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Friday, stating bout agreements have now been issued for the first ever 145lb title fight in the UFC. The fight was initially reported by MMA.TV on Friday as well.
As the reigning and defending 145lb champion, Jose Aldo (18-1) has become as feared as any fighter in MMA today. A devastating striker with pinpoint accuracy, Aldo has cruised through his WEC career piling up 8 wins, with his last three being title fights.
After blasting Manny Gamburyan in his last fight, Aldo was rumored to face either Grispi or Mark Hominick in his next title defense, but now the fight will take place on the big stage as the co-main event for UFC 125.
Originally scheduled to fight at WEC 52 on Nov 11, Josh Grispi (14-1) was asked to step out of his fight against Erik Koch and face Aldo for the championship instead.
Grispi will come into the fight as one of only a few featherweights that will have a height and reach advantage over Aldo, and he possesses a scary array of offensive weapons to throw at the champion to try and dethrone him.
The announcement of the Aldo vs. Grispi fight officially kicks off the 145lb division’s presence in the UFC after the merger with the WEC was finalized on Thursday.
The bout will serve as co-main event for the card and will take place on Jan 1 along with the lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard.