When the UFC announced that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo would main event the event in Calgary later this year, it seemed weird that no opponent was ever announced.
Now, it appears Aldo is headed to UFC 147 and Brazil, as UFC president Dana White disclosed Monday during a press conference in the South American country.
All of this came about after a conference by the United Nations was scheduled for the days leading up to the UFC card in Rio de Janeiro. With Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen set to be featured, the UFC just couldn’t work out all the details to make the event happen.
“We talked about moving Jose down to this card here, it’s probably going to happen,” White said. “We’re working with his camp right now.”
UFC 147 is still expected for June 23, but no location or venue have been nailed down. A place in South America, though, is the likely destination. Along with Aldo, Wanderlei Silva-Vitor Belfort and the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil are expected for the card.
So, that leaves the main event open for UFC 149, and White talked briefly on that during the press conference.
“Dan Henderson and (Jon) Jones could be a possibility (for UFC 149). Obviously, Jones just fought his first five round fight, his hands are sore, all the things that go along with coming out of a fight like that,” White said. “We’ve got to give him a few weeks to see how he feels, then we’ll figure out what the main event’s going to be in Calgary. But that would be awesome, if we could make that fight, that would be great.”
No opponent has been confirmed for Aldo yet, but the change in dates likely ends speculation of the Chan Sung Jung-Dustin Poirier winner taking a title shot.
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