The UFC will return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 13th with UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch. Tickets for the event will go on sale this Thursday August 23rd and the complete UFC 153 fight card has now been finalized. The card will take place at the HSBC Arena, which held the successful UFC 134 and UFC 142 events.
UFC 153 will be headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who also headlined the last event in Rio de Janeiro where he defeated Chad Mendes by 1st rd KO. This time the Brazilian will be taking on No.1 contender Erik Koch who is riding a four fight winning streak. The two were originally supposed to fight at UFC 149 before and injury to the champ postponed the bout.
TUF Brazil coach Vitor Belfort will be in the night’s co-main event against Alan Belcher that could land the winner in a No. 1 contender’s match in the middleweight division. Belfort was supposed to be on the last Brazil card at UFC 147 but an injury forced him out his bout with fellow TUF Brazil coach Wanderlei Silva.
Also on the UFC 153 main card will be the Feared light heavyweight prospect Glover Teixeira as he takes on the former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Brazilian welterweights Erick Silva and Demian Maia will round out the main card as they take on former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch and Rick Story, respectively.
The final two bouts to be added to the UFC 153 card were a heavyweight bout between Gabriel Gonzaga and Geronimo dos Santos as well as a lightweight bout between Gleison Tibau and TUF Brazil participant Francisco Trinaldo.
Official UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch card
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch
Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Rony Jason vs. Sam Sicilia
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo dos Santos
Diego Brandão vs. Joey Gambino
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Gleison Tibau
Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi
Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
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