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Jose Aldo vs. Chris Mickle a likely late addition to WEC 39 card

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Rising featherweight contender Jose Aldo (13-1), who's won six consecutive fights (including three straight via knockout in the WEC), is expected to meet WEC newcomer Chris Mickle (26-11-1) next month at WEC 39.

Sources close to both fighters today told MMAjunkie.com that the fight is agreed upon, and though not signed, it could be finalized as early as Tuesday.

The bout would fill a spot on the WEC 39 fight card that was vacated with the recent cancellation of a WEC welterweight title fight between champ Carlos Condit and challenger Brock Larson.

Condit was forced off the card with a wrist injury, and he then signed to fight Martin Kampmann in April at UFC Fight Night 18's main event. The signing likely signalizes the elimination of the WEC's welterweight division, which will be absorbed by the UFC's already-stacked 170-pound class.

However, while the Aldo vs. Mickle fight could take a spot on the card, it won't take Condit vs. Larson's previous slot as the co-main event. As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, a bout between Richard Crunkilton and Bart Palaszewski has been promoted to co-headline status.

WEC 39, the organization's first-ever trip to Texas, takes place March 1 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. The night's main card airs on Versus.

Although Aldo, a Brazilian from the Nova Uniao team, has a solid base in grappling, he's put his crowd-pleasing stand-up game to use in recent fights. All three of his WEC victories have come via strikes, which included a second-round TKO of Alexandre Franca Nogueira in June, a third-round TKO of Jonathan Brookins in November, and a first-round knockout of Rolando Perez just eight days ago at WEC 38.

The 22-year-old will now likely meet a fellow youngster in 25-year-old Mickle, a 38-fight veteran who turned pro just four-and-a-half years ago. The Iowa-based submission specialist has fought in just about every major Midwest show and his racked up seven wins (six via submission and one TKO) in his past eight fights. In fact, 22 of his 26 career wins have come via submission, and only one victory has gone to a decision. And he's never been one to shy away from top competition; his list of opponents includes Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, Cole Miller, Rich Clementi and other notables.

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This should be a good fight, but I've got to go with Aldo who had just been on fire.

Even thought mickle has a ton of fights for a 25 year old and 22 subs out of 26 wins. He lost to guida,beat stephens and then got beat by him twice, lost to miller and clementi.

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Just give him Faber already!

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Lets go Aldo!!!!

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Aldo by slaughter.

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Confirmed.

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Post #6   2/4/09 11:42:39AM