Aldo vs Mendes Reset to UFC 179
UFC President Dana White announced on Saturday that the UFC featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes will be at UFC 179 on October 25th at the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Aldo and Mendes were set to fight at UFC 176 on August 2nd at Los Angeles, but the bout was postponed because Aldo suffered a non-severe neck injury during training. The postponement led to the cancellation of the entire fight card, as the UFC was unable to get a replacement main event.
With Aldo’s expected return, the 145 pound title bout now heads to the champion’s backyard where he is unbeaten in seven career fights. Aldo has won five of seven bouts in Rio de Janeiro by stoppage.
No other fights were confirmed for the event, although the announcements will be expected in the coming weeks.
The bout will be the second time that Mendes is challenging Aldo for the featherweight belt. The two protagonists fought in the main event of UFC 142 on January 4th, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Aldo scored a sensational knee to the chin of Mendes to knock him out with one second left in the very first round.
But Mendes has been on a tear since losing to Aldo. The UFC’s number #1 ranked featherweight has won five consecutive bouts, four by knockout. Only #8 ranked Nik Lentz was able to go the distance with Mendes in the latter’s most recent outing at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Benavidez 2 last December 14th, 2013.
Pound for Pound
Jose Aldo is the UFC’s 2nd best fighter pound for pound. The former WEC Featherweight champion has won 17 consecutive matches and has not lost since being submitted in a lightweight bout in 2006. Aldo has made ten consecutive title defenses, including the four at WEC before it was merged with the UFC.
Aldo has nearly looked invincible in the featherweight division, and has been contemplating a move to the lightweight division to challenge the reigning UFC champion Anthony Pettis. That superfight was close to be done as both fighters have already agreed to face each other. However, Pettis’ injury will sideline him until late this year where he is set to defend his title against Gilbert Melendez after they will be coaching the next TUF show.
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