MMAJunkie.com today confirmed that verbal agreements are in place between WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and Josh Grispi to face off on the first WEC/UFC merged card of UFC 125. This dispels the widespread rumors that Mark Hominick, fresh off of a decision win over Leonard Garcia, would be the next fighter up for Aldo.
At 14-1, the 22-year old Grispi has proven himself to be one of the most legitimate prospects currently competing in the WEC’s 145-pound division. Fighting out of Rockland, Massachusetts, “The Fluke” is currently on a ten-fight winning streak that includes victories over Spencer Paige, Mark Hominick, Jens Pulver, and most recently, L.C. Davis. He owns six wins by TKO, seven by submission and one by decision. His only loss came in his fifth fight as a professional where he succumbed to a heel hook submission.
Brazilian featherweight dynamo Jose Aldo has established himself over the past couple of years as one of the best fighters in the world regardless of weight division. Aldo also sports only one loss on his record of 18-1, which he too suffered by submission early in his career. Since that loss he has rattled off eleven straight victories which includes his highlight-reel knockout of Cub Swanson, hi title-earning knockout of Mike Brown, his five round decimation of Urijah Faber and his most recent knockout win over Manny Gamburyan.
UFC 125 is scheduled to go down on January 1st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will signify the first time that the WEC-UFC merger will go into effect.