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Tuesday, 04/24/2012, 12:16 pm

With Silva vs. Sonnen Moved To 148, Aldo Likely Option For UFC 147 Headliner In Brazil

By Jose Garcia:

Anderson Siva’s long awaited rematch with Chael Sonnen is now in place for UFC 148 in July, leaving the main event slot for UFC 147 in Brazil wide open.

UFC president Dana White said Tuesday that the event will still take place in Brazil on June 23, but there is still no main event set in stone for the event. The Ultimate Fighter Brasil coaches, Vitor Belfort will take on fellow Brazilian Wanderlai Silva and heavyweight Fabricio Werdum will take on Mike Russow.

A new scenario has emerged with the absence of a main fight at the Brazilian event. Jose Aldo is speculated to fight a TBD opponent on the awaited card. Aldo seems to fit the bill being a Brazilian native and the card needing a super-star for the event.

“We talked about moving Jose down to this card here,” stated Dana White Tuesday. “It’s probably going to happen. We’re working with his camp now.”

If the move takes place as planned, Aldo will be moved from his original scheduled fight in Calgary for UFC 149. The only problem with that is that would leave the main event spot open for the highly anticipated Canadian card. Not only does it leave the event with out a main bout, but the UFC still needs to decide on an opponent for Jose Aldo. Although we all desperately want a featherweight fight featuring Aldo and the ever exciting Anthony Pettis. Smart money would be on the Duke Roufus and Pettis training partner Erik Koch. Koch is coming off an injury set back but most recently defeated former Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins.

If things wiggle into place as expected that will leave the main event card at UFC 149 vacant as well. Dana White also spoke on the possibility of moving a match between current light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones and number one contender Dan Henderson to the slot. “If we could make that fight, that would be great.” said White.
With Jones coming off of a five round championship bout, it will be interesting to see if he can recover and headline the card in late July.


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