Frankie Edgar will step in and face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title in his debut at 145 pounds. Erik Koch, who was slated to meet Aldo at UFC 153, has been injured.
UFC 153: Aldo vs. Edgar takes place October 13 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Aldo-Edgar bout is the main event.
Edgar (14-3-1) recently decided to move down to featherweight after consecutive losses to UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Aldo (21-1) has been on the sidelines due to a minor injury that forced him to postpone a previously planned meeting with Koch (13-1). A timetable for Koch’s return is unknown at this time.
“We’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work (Thursday), and Erik Koch is hurt,” UFC president Dana White told USA Today. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”