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Jose Aldo defends title against Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in Brazil

UFC featherweight phenom Jose Aldo‘s wish came true today when it was revealed the dynamic Brazilian will get a chance to defend his divisional title in front of a hometown crowd when the UFC returns to the South American hub on January 14 for UFC 142. As expected, Aldo will face undefeated Team Alpha Male representative Chad Mendes.

Aldo and Mendes could be the start of an America vs. Brazil rivalry, as the two will likely be one of numerous pairings involving the clash of nationalities and also meet a few months before a likely encounter between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.

For Aldo, the bout will mark the first time he has fought in Brazil since 2007. “Scarface” is 20-1 in his career and has won thirteen straight fights including back-to-back decision victories to defend his UFC title against Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick.

Mendes (11-0) is 2-0 in the UFC since the company folded in the WEC. He has won seven of his fights via decision and two each by KO and submission.

“Aldo hasn’t lost in over five years, but Mendes has yet to lose in MMA, and after clearing out all the contenders put in his way, he believes he has what it takes to beat the champion,” said UFC President Dana White in a recent interview with FOX Sports’ website and has since been announced by the UFC.

A venue for the title fight has yet to be decided, but rumors have mentioned Rio de Janeiro as a possible site meaning the promotion would likely return to the HSBC Arenar where UFC 134 was held.

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6 COMMENTS
  • edub says:

    I got Mendes for the upset.

    This event is shaping up to be pretty awesome. It already has Anthony Johnson vs. Vitor Belfort, and now this. If Sonnen-Silva is on here too, this could be one for the ages.

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  • MCM says:

    I don’t think they’re gonna let Sonnen into the country. But how awesome is it the Rumble is moving up to MW. I think he takes out Belfort handily.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Belfort vs Johnson should be awesome, I might be sideing with Johnson here just based on his ability to outwrestle Vitor but only slightly. Aldo vs Mendes should be very telling, if Aldo can keep it standing he should get the win but Chad is getting better daily so it will be a close one there.

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  • edub says:

    MCM- Yea I agree. It all depends on how his body reacts to 185. If he becomes stronger not having to deal with the weight cut (and combine that with his speed and all around skill-set), he is one scary individual.

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  • Guthookd says:

    This is an interesting fight. Chad is on fire and has looked super solid, but this is Aldo here so I just don’t know about his chances. He’s gotta be a huge underdog I imagine. If he puts up a fight like Hominick and Florian did though, Jose will be earning his money for the 3rd time in a row.

    I wonder what would happen if Chael tried to walk down the isle in Brazil. By the time he got to the cage he’d already be bleeding.

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  • Dangerous says:

    Mendes is good and keeps improving with every fight but I dont see him being able to hold down Aldo and beating him, especially in Brazil. I think we’re gonna see the Jose Aldo we were used to seeing in the WEC. Aldo by vicious KO/TKO within 3 rounds. Plus Rumble vs The Phenom is gonna be a great fight. We could see a rebirth with Rumble Johnson now that he doesnt have to deal with such a grueling weight cut. Can’t wait to hear about more matchups for this card!

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