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‘UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes’ — Main Event Liveblog

“I’m not even kidding you, man! It must have been four feet of linguiça. And ‘Humble’ ate the whole thing, just now backstage!” (Photo:

It’s 1 AM in Rio De Janeiro and and the locals have turned out in droves to cheer on their countrymen and wish death upon foreigners. It may not be very sporting of them, but we’ve pretty much thrown professionalism out the window this weekend.

Is Mendes the right Alpha Male to topple Aldo in his own backyard? Does Belfort have enough power to put away one of the UFC’s top heavyweights? And will Palhares’s overwhelming desire to tear limbs apart overcome his instinct to stop fighting in the middle of a bout?

Come join me, Chris Colemon, inside for the answers to these questions and more.

I thought the FOX era was supposed to signal the end of the Gladiator intro, but I guess that only counts for FOX broadcasts. That’s a shame.

And we aren’t wasting much time. It’s been a strong showing for Brazil thus far. Let’s see if Etim can turn the tides.

Edson Barboza, Jr. vs. Terry Etim

I don’t speak Portuguese, but I had an easier time understanding Barboza’s prefight interview than I did Etim’s. Bruce Buffer, man of the world, caters to the home crowd in his introduction.

R1: If you forget who is who, the Brazilian is the one with the tan. Big Dan is in control of things. Both men swing awahy and Etim gets the early takedown, but they quickly pop back up. Barboza blocks a head kick. Etim fakes a punch and shoots for another takedown, but Barboza sweeps and gets back up. They’re feeling each other out, and Barboza misses with a wild punch before finding his mark with a pair of leg kicks. Barboza’s thrown quite a few shots to the break basket. Barboza sees the takedown coming and stuffs the Brit. The crowd is chanting something–it undoubtedly involves Etim meeting his maker. Barboza charges in and connects with a combination. Woo, powerful spinning back kick from Barboza to shut out the round.

Etim comes out much more active, but he’s still eating leg kicks. Etim lands a leg kick and follows up with another to the head but it’s blocked. Etim gets stuffed on a takedown and eats a knee to the gut. If he can’t land these takedowns, he needs to get more aggressive in the standup, and he’s making the effort. Barboza’s been landing heavy kicks to Etim’s lead leg throughout the bout, and he’s sticking with the formula. Etim with a head kick and spinning back kick of his own. Etim with a takedown from across the cage. He lands it but it’s as short lived as the others. Barboza digs in with a body shot and follows it up top. Strong switch kick to the body by the Brazilian to close out the round.

R3: Really wish they would have secured local talent for the ring card girls. Am I alone in that? They’re trading early in round three. Etim with a failed flying knee, or “jumping knee” as Goldy called it earlier. Both men are sticking to their plan: Barboza lands a leg kick and Etim fails a takedown. Annnnd Barboza whips around with a magnificent spinning wheel kick! Tiiiiimbeeer! He catches Etim square in the face and this is a wrap!

Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim by Knock Out (2:02 R3)

Rogan calls this the first ever spinning heel kick knock out in UFC history. He’d probably know. A nice finish to kick off the PPV card, and the Brazilians are rolling tonight.

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Casa de los pantelones- January 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I missed a $7,000 parlay over one fight...freakin stout got robbed. Thanks judges for costing me 7 grand...assholes.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 9:52 am
@Sopapo; I know Ray is one of the best Boxing coaches out there not to mention, his amateur career was sick. I took a bunch of his classes when I was in Vegas.
Sopapo- January 15, 2012 at 9:38 am
@Karma, just checked . He's on Xtreme Couture as Belfort so he was there.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 9:35 am
I am an idiot because I understand how game plans work and how when someones eye swells up the way Vitors did and thus he new he didn't want to stand. Do not complain about the way fights end if you understand and respect the sport. So really who's the idiot cause it isn't me so who does that leave....
Nippletwist- January 15, 2012 at 9:20 am
so in a match-up between two of the most exciting stand-up fighters ever in mma you wouldn't prefer that it stay standing? sorry bro i still think you're an idiot.

jiu-jitsus great, i love watching palhares tool on guys. but when i see guys like rumble johnson and vitor belfort get in the cage, i'm not watching to see their grappling skills.
RwilsonR- January 15, 2012 at 9:17 am
By the way, CrushCo, nice work on the liveblog. Meant to say it last night... good updates and some funny stuff to make it a good read.
We like to shit on you guys a lot around here (it's kinda our thing), but every so often when you do a good job we probably should say so. So 'attaboy!
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 8:56 am
@NippleTwist; I'm the idiot who is upset about seeing world class Jujitsu from a guy who rarely uses it? Yeah I'm the idiot ha. lemme go all old school on you here by saying "Try again buster brown"
amsterdamheavy- January 15, 2012 at 8:15 am
Dude, if you cant appreciate the ground game, then Karma is right.


I thought it was refreshing to finally see Vitor's ground game, how often do you ever see that? The dude is a Gracie black belt, not that that has quite the panache it used to, but it was still good to see another facet of his game.


Ohm and that fuck is fired. I hope he's sitting there thinking about his shitty attitude and I sure hope he's still laughing, the tool.
Nippletwist- January 15, 2012 at 7:58 am
so i should stop watching mma because i want to see it's best strikers do what they do best. yeah that makes sense. your a frickin genius ya idiot.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 6:16 am
@Nippletwist; Perhaps you should check into this sport called Boxing or Muay Thai otherwise.... get use to..
Todd M- January 15, 2012 at 5:20 am
Once again the Brazilians sweep the board at home, vintage performances from Palhares, Belfort & Aldo. Barboza is a walking highlight reel, I figured he was just going to cruise the last round out and then he landed that wheel kick, fucking crazy. I thought Silva hit the back of the head a couple of times, hard to say if the outcome would of been different if he hadn't, Joe calling out Yamasaki was just akward. I was really impressed with Vitor, I have been calling him a frontrunner that fades under pressure and I was happy to see him get that one, he looked confident and calm and showed he is a threat on the ground as well. Aldo is the man, I thought Mendes would be his biggest test and he was no match for an in shape Jose Aldo. Yeah he grabbed the fence but after he was warned Mendes got the take down and Aldo sprang right back up, like he always do. That knee was Anderson Silva shit, he broke free from the clinch and anticipated the shot and just blasted Chad's mug, fucking awesome when he ran into the crowd I love that shit. Great night of fights, for next week I got Miller subbing Melvin and Neer over Bang, don't know how maybe a sub.
FedorSucksDonkeyDick- January 15, 2012 at 4:26 am
Was I the only one that saw Aldo grab the cage for deal life as he was about to get suplexed to hell?? we need plexiglass fuck this cage shit. Then the whole crowd fucking after the win...Aldo probably has AIDS now, fuckin monkeys
Nippletwist- January 15, 2012 at 12:44 am
So happy Aldo knocked out mendes.

Not so happy about rumble and Vitor going to the ground...
smellypiratehooker- January 15, 2012 at 12:30 am
Get ready for a little more, sound logic.
Aldo is violent finisher,with ever few loop holes. His intense presure, combined with vicious power and accuracy, would overwhelm the best of, strikers and grapplers, period. Anderson has acknowledged that "if Aldo was a middle weight, he would retire" (not rerbatim), why would anyone doubt Andersons judge of fighting abitity. The reason I beieve that Aldo is where he is, in the general standings, is that, the UFC hasn't signed as much well known, publicised feather weights, and when the division gets a little more notorious, the standings will compare.

Until then, Aldo will just be that guy that " unemotionally, demolishes, everyone. Kinda like Fedor, with more variety.
cabj1905- January 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm
And now he's fired...
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Sonnen with a belt would be fantastic! I actually think Munoz is about the worst person for Sonnen to draw, though. He'll have a hard time getting and holding Munoz down, and Munoz has a clear power advantage in striking. I think Munoz also may have a speed advantage. Sonnen probably has the cardio edge, though.
I still wish it had been Sonnen vs. Bisping instead of Muniz. First, because Sonnen would win and then fight Silva, but also because it would preserve both Sonnen and Munoz as title challengers in a division that needs some. And the shit talking against Bisping would have been great.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Good points... except I'm not the biggest Gil fan. Exciting, but I'd like to see him tested... especially against the UFC's wrestlers.
Melvin is always a toss-up because he can finish anyone quickly if he connects. I'd like to think Miller takes that fight about 7/10 times by sub or superior gas tank decision, but still a good likelihood Melvin stuffs the takedown and connects with a big one.
I really do think Bendo has a good chance of beating Edgar, too. He has size and strength on Edgar, which most do, but he is the first person with that size and strength who can match cardio with Edgar. Edgar probably has a little but of speed, but Bendo has the power advantage. Good fight.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm
One last thought for the evening... if Anthony Johnson is allowed to keep his job, it should be on the condition that he has to stand still in a stance like he is sitting in a saddle, and let Jose Aldo kick him in the jimmy.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm
@RWR; Oh completely the best spot for Fantasy Match up chatter. I don't disagree at all in fact I whole heartily agree, I would like to see Sonnen/Munoz be for an INTERIM Belt as well I mean can you imagine the shit Chael would talk if he had a title belt? OH my god. I would also Love to see Faber stop getting Rematches right away after beating only one opponent but thats just me, I also still would prefer to see Gilbert Melendez fight Jose Aldo over Frankie Edgar No discrediting dude I just think Bendo is going to beat the shit out of him is all but we'll see.. Edgar is always counted out but not always down for the count he has probably the biggest heart and fighting will in the UFC so best wishes.. Do you think Jim Miller can take out Melvin?
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm
I also think Gil Melendez is overrated. I think we'll see once he starts taking on fighters better than Josh Thompson and the Japanese. Just my opinion.
And yes, I referred to them as "the" Japanese... what of it?
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Karma - No apology needed, no offense taken. I agree with you from a business standpoint, champion vs champion fights don't usually make sense. I think we were just saying that in the entire world right now, the only fighter with the qualifications to give Aldo a fight at his weight class would be Edgar. I would favor Aldo, but Edgar brings a few more guesses to that match than previous opponents, and certainly more experience in big matches than Mendes. Edgar is always underestimated, and usually delivers. I think Aldo would probably win, but if the UFC's finances aren't a factor, it is he best match for Aldo.
And if you don't think we should talk about fantasy matches because they won't ever materialize, that's a fair point, but I'd say that the comments section is a good spot for just that conversation.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Oh man Rsparrow I missed you. Where you been all my life good looking?
RSparrow- January 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Karma, you suck!
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm
I was talking to anyone who thinks that one champion at a weight class should fight another, it seems bad for business and it seems pointless since we know the outcome sorry if I came off rude. You know I love you mother fuckers, I'd like to see Aldo fight Gilbert Melendez more then Frankie Edgar... thats just me though.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm
Well, seems honestmoose and I are in agreement on that point.