It was revealed this week on the latest episode of UFC Ultimate Insider that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be defending his title and making his Octagon debut on the upcoming UFC 129 fight card.
“Scarface” was originally scheduled to make his debut on the first of this month at UFC 125: Resolution, where he was to face Josh Grispi in the co-main event of that card. The 24-year old Brazilian wunderkind was forced to pull out of that bout with a neck injury, and was replaced by Dustin Poirier.
Though no opponent has been officially announced for Aldo’s debut and first UFC title defense, UFC president Dana White recently stated that Canadian striker Mark Hominick will be next in line, presuming he get past George Roop this weekend at UFC Fight for the Troops 2.
Aldo inherited the UFC featherweight title as a result of staying the WEC 145-pound champ through the WEC-UFC merger. During Aldo’s eight-fight stint in the WEC, only one of his bouts went the distance, when he fought former champ Urijah Faber to a dominant unanimous decision win. His other bouts all ended in either KO or TKO and among his victims were TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins, Cub Swanson, Mike Thomas Brown, and Manny Gamburyan. His overall professional record stands at 18-1.
UFC 129 is scheduled to take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this April 30th..