It didn’t take long for the UFC to decide on an opponent for Jose Aldo in his first title defense. According to Versus’ Ariel Helwani, UFC officials have opted to pull Josh Grispi from the WEC 52 card and grant him a featherweight title shot at UFC 125.
Versus.com has learned that the organization is targeting a featherweight title fight between Aldo and top contender Josh Grispi. Contracts have been sent out to both camps.
Grispi was scheduled to fight at WEC 52 on Nov. 11, but if the fight goes through he will be of course pulled from the card to compete against Aldo for the title.
Mark Hominick was also heavily rumored to be Aldo’s next opponent, but word is he’s still recovering from an injury and wouldn’t be ready in time for a Jan. 1 fight. With Hominick out of the picture, it appears they decided to pull the trigger on Grispi now before letting him compete and potentially lose or suffer an injury at WEC 52.
Aldo vs. Grispi will serve as the night’s co-main event in place of the previously announced but later canceled Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson bout. With Carwin out and Aldo-Grispi in, Nelson has been pulled from the card.