It looks like fans in Philly may receive an opportunity to see a UFC champion in action after all, albeit not the one originally intended when the promotion stops in the City of Brotherly Love for UFC 133.
When discussion turned towards featherweight title-holder Jose Aldo during the UFC 129 post-event press conference, UFC President Dana White revealed the company is considering a bout between the explosive Brazilian and undefeated Chad Mendes on August 6 in Philadelphia while referring to Mendes’ record as evidence qualifying for contendership. White also added Ken Florian was not being looked at for the shot even assuming he defeats Diego Nunes in June based on the turnaround time between fights.
Mendes, who turns 26 today, has gone 10-0 since turning pro in 2008 including a win in his Octagon debut over respected veteran Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 126 this past February. Prior to the victory he emerged with his hands raised in four WEC appearances including success against Cub Swanson, Javier Vazquez, and Eric Koch.
If the match-up does indeed come to fruition it will mark the second time Aldo will encounter Team Alpha Male in his career having already notched a one-sided win over founder Urijah Faber a little over a year ago at WEC 48. He has won both of his follow-up fights since then, including Saturday night’s five-round battle with Mark Hominick, to improve his overall record to 19-1.
Other bouts scheduled for UFC 133 include Rashad Evans taking on Phil Davis, a replacement for injured light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as well as Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshishiro Akiyama.
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