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Aldo to Defend Featherweight Strap Against Mendes at UFC 142 in January in Brazil


(Aldo will make his third UFC title defense at home in Brazil.)

Jose Aldo will be in for a stiff test when he puts his UFC featherweight crown on the line against undefeated 11-0 wrestling standout Chad Mendes on January 14 at UFC 142 in a yet-to-be-announced locale in Brazil.

“Pound-for-pound superstar Jose Aldo will return home to fight in Brazil for the first time since 2007 when he defends his UFC featherweight title against unbeaten powerhouse Chad Mendes,” UFC president Dana White revealed to FoxSports.com this morning. “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.”

Mendes has been patiently waiting for his shot at the champion since perennial contender Kenny Florian jumped the line to challenge Aldo last month, but the UFC has seemed reluctant to match the pair up, perhaps since the clash of styles could add up to an inevitably boring bout.

“Scarface, who is undefeated under the Zuffa Banner went to decision for the third time in his past four fights against Florian at UFC 136 as he did in his UFC 129 bout with durable Canadian Mark Hominick and his WEC 48 tilt with former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber. Six of Mendes’ past seven fights have gone to the judges’ scorecards. According to our uncannily accurate Magic 8-ball we consulted when Gina Carano said she’d be back this year, “signs point to yes,” when we asked it if this fight will go the distance.

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zhangww- November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm
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SnackDaddy- November 2, 2011 at 6:36 am
Aldo by whirlwind.
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Todd M- November 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm
I gotta agree a little that Jose has not impressed me as much as his tear through the WEC. His fight with Hominick he clearly gassed at the end and allthough he said it was due to a rough weight cut I think he was a little puffed in the Florian fight as well. Jose has fared well against the take down before but he hasn't faced a wrestler of Mendes' calibre. This should make an interesting matchup, I imagine Jose can stuff the takedown early and light Mendes up on the feet but can he stop the takedown in those later rounds, on the other hand can Mendes survive to those later rounds and what is his gas tank like in the deep water. I got Jose in this one but I think it is his toughest test to date.
lenoz- November 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Hang on, who's calling Aldo Scarface now?
Lesnarischamp- November 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm
I think this will be the fight that Aldo is unseated. He's too big to keep fighting at featherweight.

The weight cut is clearly taking an effect on his explosiveness and in the later rounds. Time to see what kind of damage he can do at lightweight, and I think Mendes will wrestle the title away.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Aldo can more then handle top level Wrestlers.. I wouldn't worry to much about that. He disapointed you? Limited Gas tank? What???
ExpectJesusBro- November 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Welcome to WrestleFuckFest, Mr. Aldo
fightfan9- November 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Yeah I have not been overly impressed with Aldo his last few fights, all I have seen is a guy with a very limited gas tank,hopefully he steps it up
MarshmallowMark- November 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm
I wonder if Aldo is gonna continue to disappoint me in this fight as well...
KarmaAteMyCat- November 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm
This is going to be an Amazing Fight.
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