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Jose Aldo thinks Erik Koch is a worthwhile contender

Many fans felt that Erik Koch received a shot at UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo because there was no one else willing to take the fight. However, the sensational Brazilian believes Koch is a worthy contender.

“Erik has a good rank,” said Aldo through a translator during a recent press conference to promote the card. “I wasn’t actually so surprised. Even though there were some other interesting names, he’s up for the challenge.”

Aldo believes Koch’s resume from WEC helped push him into title-talk. The native Iowan is 13-1 in his career and has won four straight since a defeat to Chad Mendes in 2010.

Aldo has carried the strap since the belt was created when the UFC absorbed WEC. Their bout will serve as the main event at UFC 149 on July 21 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s Scotiabank Saddledome.

Check out the full press conference below:


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