With all the recent changes in the MMA world, the most exciting fighter in the soon to be merged WEC will pave the path for a new Title in the UFC. Jose Aldo (18-1 MMA) looks to defend his 145lb. belt against Josh Grispi (14-1 MMA) at UFC 125.
Roy Nelson was pulled off the card due to an injured Shane Carwin, leaving the UFC with no replacement fighter to fill in. This is the first post merger fight that will feature WEC fighters on a UFC PPV card. The last WEC card will be WEC 53 in Arizona on December 16th and will be headlined by a WEC lightweight title bout between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis. The winner of will move onto a UFC/WEC unification fight between the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard later in 2011.
Mark Hominik (19-8 MMA) was rumored to fight Aldo next, but is still recovering from his last fight and wouldn’t be able to put in a full fight camp. In steps Grispi who in 2008 at WEC 53 defeated mark by first round submission.
Josh Grispi was originally schedule to face Erik Koch at WEC 52 and was rumored to possibly be next in line for Aldo should he win. Josh Grispi is a boxing and Jiu Jitsu based featherweight who has only suffered one loss early in his career, just like Jose Aldo. Josh is riding an 8 fight 1st round finish streak and has really taken out some of the WEC’s best fighter at featherweight.
Jose Aldo will be facing a fighter who is more on par to his speed and could pose a submission threat to his endless arsenal of muay thai strikes. Aldo has shown the fans that he is on a whole different level to his weight class, much like a young BJ Penn where no one could beat him in his prime. Aldo is a Nova Uniao black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so his sub defense and grappling should be able to keep this fight in his realm and make it into a standup battle where he should ultimately win.
This will be the first UFC belt for the 145 lb. division and a sign to the fans that all the exciting fights we love to watch from the WEC can now fill up UFC cards that may be lacking a lot of action. UFC 125 is on January 1st in Las Vegas Nevada, and despite the loss of Carwin vs. Nelson, the card shaping up to be a very exciting with two serious title fights on it now.