Erik Koch has been chosen as the next contender for the 145 lb. strap in the UFC according to MMAWeekly. No bout agreements have been signed at this time, but both men are said to have verbally agreed to the bout. The title fight is expected to take place in either Canada at UFC 149, or at UFC 147 in Brazil. So while Koch knows he is contending for the title, he does not know when and where as of yet.
Koch, 13-1 in his fight career with his only loss coming at the hands of former number one contender, Chad Mendes. Since then ‘New Breed’ has went 4-0 with two knockouts, and a submission. Originally expected to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 143, Koch was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. Luck looks to be on his side however as the layoff has timed an opportunity for the title.
He will have a tough task in challenging Jose Aldo (21-1) who has looked near unstoppable as the dominating WEC and UFC champion. With over 14 knockout finishes on his record, the 25-year-old Brazilian is considered by many to be one of the top five pound-for-pound champions in the sport. Aldo was last seen with a highlight KO finish of Chad Mendes in his home country of Brazil at UFC 142.