The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 149 bout against Erik Koch due to an undisclosed injury sustained during training.
Former featherweight champion Urijah Faber and Renan Barao’s interim bantamweight title bout (which was originally scheduled for UFC 148) has now been moved up to UFC 149 as the main event – the third time the promotion has changed a headliner due to injury within the past week. UFC 149 is scheduled for July 21, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada.
UFC president Dana White is obviously bummed by the recent string of injuries that have plagued the promotion, and he feels injuries can be minimized if fighters exercise a little more caution during training.
“I think what’s happening too and me and Joe Silva were talking about this tonight, you have so many talented guys out there now all in the same camp, going at it like they’re fighting for the title,” White said during a recent appearance on Fuel TV. “These guys need to tone it down in training a bit and stop hurting each other.”
Even though I was looking forward to the Aldo-Koch matchup, the featherweight champ’s injury might just turn out for the best. While Koch has put together a pretty impressive resume, I personally thought he was getting a title shot a bit early.
If Jung Chan Sung aka “The Korean Zombie” is up for a fight in July, I say put him in the Octagon against Koch at UFC 149. The winner can then face Aldo when he returns.
A fight between Sung and Koch should be competitive, considering how impressive both men have been in their last few fights. Koch is currently on a four-fight winning streak, including a win against “Ultimate Fighter” season 12 winner, Jonathan Brookins.
The Korean Zombie has been even more impressive, finishing his last three opponents in spectacular fashion. When one considers the fact that he was already set to face the winner of the Aldo-Koch matchup, Sung seems like the most logical replacement for Aldo.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.