Sources close to Koch’s camp indicated when speaking to MMAWeekly.com 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.