Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch Headlines UFC 153 in Rio, Marcello vs. Madedi Also Added


Jose Aldo vs Erik KochUFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will return home for his next title defense when he helps headline UFC 153 in Brazil.

Aldo will defend his 145-pound title against Erik Koch in a bout headed to Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 13.

In addition to Aldo vs. Koch, UFC officials also announced on Thursday that former Ultimate Fighter competitor Cristiano Marcello will face Reza Madadi in a lightweight bout on the card.

The fight between Aldo and Koch was originally scheduled to headline the UFC 149 card taking place this weekend in Calgary, but a thigh injury forced the incumbent champion to sit out and recover instead.

Now with the thigh healed, Aldo will once again get the chance to fight in his home country of Brazil. His last trip there resulted in a knockout of Chad Mendes in the first round, and now Aldo looks to do the same when he faces Koch in October.

By the time Erik Koch faces Aldo, he will have been out of action for more than a year following his last win against Jonathan Brookins last September. The Duke Roufus trained fighter will look to move his four-fight win streak to five while also becoming the UFC featherweight champion when he faces Aldo.

It will be a daunting task, however, facing Aldo in his home country with a nation full of Brazilians standing behind him.

The bout between Aldo and Koch is expected to headline the UFC 153 fight card, which lands at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

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