When it was announced that UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo had been injured and forced to withdraw from UFC 149, the question of what to do with his opponent, Erik Koch, was raised.
Initially, the UFC mentioned that the bout would be postponed. Today, MMAWeekly reports that that decision stands: Koch will sit on the sidelines while Aldo recovers from his undisclosed injury.
There has still been no word as to the specifics of Aldo’s injuries, but rumors indicate that it won’t be keeping him out of action for very long.
Regardless, it’s very possible that the bout’s postponement will see Koch out of action for a year, since his last performance came against Jonathan Brookins last September. Koch was expected to face Dustin Poirier at some point after that, but was forced out of the fight himself with an injury.
Aldo last appeared in action this past January, where knocked out the last (and only) man to beat Koch, Chad Mendes, at UFC 142 in defense of his featherweight title.
With Aldo vs. Koch off of the UFC 149 fight card, the interim bantamweight title fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao has been moved from the UFC 148 co-main event to the top of the UFC 149 lineup.