So much for summer Fridays in the Zuffa offices. Shortly after announcing the lightweight title match between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard, the UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston got a little more juice.
Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against Kenny Florian that night, the UFC announced late Friday.
Sounds like an impressive card coming up in Houston. Other matches added to the card include Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago, Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard, Josh Grispi vs. Matt Grice and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow.
Aldo and Edgar were both set to defend their titles at UFC 125 on New Year's Day, but Aldo had to pull out with a neck injury.
The addition of Aldo-Florian gives potential ticket sales a boost. As good as the Edgar-Maynard bout was at UFC 125, it didn't sell well. Only 54 percent of the people in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on New Year's Day bought tickets. That's 6,978 paid tickets for a $2.17 million gate. The other 5,896 were comp tickets, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Granted, it was New Year's Day, but Edgar and Maynard hadn't yet won over fans. Their fight was good, so perhaps that will change come Oct. 8