UFC 179: Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes

Aldo vs Mendes

This Saturday, October 25th from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UFC 179 is headlined by the UFC Featherweight Championship.  Jose Aldo (24-1) will defend his Featherweight title in Maracanazinho Gymnasium against the American Chad “Money” Mendes (16-1).  Jose Aldo has yet to taste defeat under Zuffa employ, racking up 14 straight wins in the WEC/UFC, including 8 title defenses.

These two fighters fought at UFC 142 in the HSBC in Rio de Janeiro.  Chad was unable to get Aldo down throughout the first, but a clear fence grab by Aldo with under a minute remaining seemed to turn the fight.  Mendes was able to Aldo down for a brief moment before Aldo was able to break free and land the finishing sequence.  A left knee followed by devastating ground and pound.  The two men will face-off after some preliminary bad blood, seeming to carry over from T.J. Dillashaw’s crushing victory over former UFC Bantamweight Champ Renan Barao.  A message sent from Team Alpha Male, that the Brazilian wouldn’t respond well too.  This fight has many outcomes that could come to fruition, the most likely however, is the UFC’s budding superstar Connor McGregor answering some questions in Brazil fighting for the title next.  Aldo will look to land his patented leg kicks while Chad will utilized his newly found left hook and improved right cross.

In the co-main event of the evening.  Brazilian, Glover Teixeira (22-3), will look to defend his home turf against former NCAA 197lbs Champion, Phil Davis (12-2).  Glover Teixeira is coming off of a decisive loss to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.  Phil Davis is coming off of a chance to fight for the title, a dominant decision loss to currently suspended top contender, Anthony Johnson.  Both men are adverse on the mat, but willing to trade on the feet.  Teixeira will carry a power advantage on the feet, but the submission game is up for grabs in this sure to be entertaining fight.

Watch all of the great preview footage leading up to UFC 179 on Saturday:

 

UFC 179

  • Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
  • Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer
  • Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira
  • William Macario vs. Neil Magny
  • Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani
  • Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos
  • Fabricio Camoes vs. Tony Martin
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