Aldo, a native of Brazil, will be looking to defend his title successfully for a third time in the UFC. Mendes sports a perfect 11-0 record.
“I am looking at this kind of like a ‘Rocky’ story,” Mendes said. “I am fighting the champion in his backyard, and I am going to take it from him.”
In the co-main event, Vitor Belfort meets Anthony Johnson. Other bouts scheduled for the card include Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio, Erick Silva against Carlo Prater, and Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim. Every fight, including the prelim card, has at least one Brazilian competing in it. Others in action include Gabriel Gonzaga and Sam Stout.
UFC 142 takes place January 14 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-fight main card airs live on pay-per-view while the prelims will be televised by FX.
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