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Thursday, 04/26/2012, 07:34 am

Erik Koch Likely Candidate For Next Featherweight Title Shot | UFC NEWS


By Jamie McAllister:
Jose Aldo’s next opponent could be Erik Koch.

Koch is likely to be named the opponent for Aldo’s next title defence whenever the UFC decides on a date for the Featherweight champion to defend his title.

Sources close to both fighters confirm that Koch is the likely candidate to get the shot at Aldo, however bout agreements have not been issued for the 145-pound title fight showdown.

The main reason for this is the date has yet to be set. UFC 149 was expected be Aldo’s return, however with the loss of the main event at UFC 147 in Brazil UFC officials are keen to bring Aldo back to his homeland to fight.

Another reason Koch may have been selected for the bout is that all of the divisions other top contenders have been locked up, Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung, Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas.

If all goes to plan Aldo will face Erik Koch who currently is on a four fight win streak since his decision loss to previous number one contender, Chad Mendes.

Koch (13-1) (2-0) in the UFC is one man who wont be afraid to stand with Aldo possessing knockout power in hands and legs alike, Koch also has a number of submission finishes in his career.

Hopefully an official announcement of a date and conformation that Koch is indeed going to be the challenger will be released sooner than later by the UFC.

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