UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch Lands in Rio

Ariel Shnerer / August 22, 2012 - 11:44am

The UFC's return to Brazil is official for October 13 as the organization invades the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro with UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch.

In the main event, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1) defends the title against Erik Koch (13-1).

Other main card bouts include Alan Belcher (17-5) vs. Vitor Belfort (21-9) and Quinton Jackson (32-9) vs. Glover Teixeira (18-2).

Full press release below:

The stars of UFC® 153: ALDO vs KOCH took over Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, launching ticket sales and officially kicking off the countdown to the event on October 13 at the HSBC Arena.

UFC featherweight champion José Aldo, No.1 contender Erik Koch, co-main event middleweight Vitor Belfort, Glover Teixeira and ‘Rampage’ Jackson spent time with Brazilian media and posed for a special photoshoot at “Arcos da Lapa”, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, ahead of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s third event in Rio.

UFC® 153 will be the fourth Brazilian UFC event in just over a year and will be headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1-0) colliding with young American talent Erik Koch (13-1-0). In the co-main attraction iconic Brazilian puncher Vitor Belfort (21-9-0) faces off against the dangerous Alan Belcher (17-5-0) in a middleweight battle and, in a special attraction at light heavyweight, one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts history – twice-over world champion ‘Rampage’ Jackson (32-9-0) – takes on the challenge of the feared Brazilian contender Glover Teixeira (18-2-0).

Brazilian welterweights Erick Silva (14-2-0, 1NC) and Demian Maia (16-4-0) round out the main card, taking on former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch and Rick ‘the Horror’ Story, respectively.

Tickets for UFC® 153: ALDO vs KOCH go on sale Thursday August 23, at 7 p.m. ET and are priced at: Stands (R$ 275); Special Seats (R$ 850); Premiere Seats (R$ 1.800), Premiere Octagon (R$ 1.800). Fans from around the world can purchase tickets online at or charge by phone +55-21-4003-5588.

Official UFC®153: Aldo vs Koch card*

Main 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 “Napão” Gonzaga vs Geronimo “Mondragon” dos Santos
Diego Brandão vs Joey Gambino
Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo vs GleisonTibau
Sergio Moraes vs Renee Forte
Luiz “Banha” Cane vs Chris Camozzi
Cristiano Marcello vs Reza Madadi

*All bouts live and subject to change. For more information or current fight news, visit

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