Chad Mendes Gets His Shot at Jose Aldo at UFC 142 in Brazil

October 31, 2011
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Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes will finally get a crack at the UFC featherweight title, but he’ll be stepping into enemy territory to do it.

UFC President Dana White confirmed on Monday night that Mendes would face champion Jose Aldo on Jan. 14 at UFC 142, which is currently slated to take place in Brazil.

White first announced the news to

Mendes has been rising towards a featherweight title shot for a few fights now, but timing just didn’t work out for him to challenge Aldo in 2011. Instead, he’ll get the first crack at him in the New Year.

Mendes is still undefeated as a fighter with a perfect 11-0 record, including wins over Michihiro Omigawa and Javier Vazquez. He will seek to become the first fighter in the UFC to put a blemish on Aldo’s record.

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo (20-1) will look to make his fifth consecutive title defense when he returns in January. Aldo defeated Kenny Florian at UFC 136 to retain his belt, and now he’ll get the chance to face the biggest threat to his crown in his home country of Brazil.

UFC 142 is expected to take place on Jan. 14 in Brazil, which will mark the second time in under a year that the promotion has traveled to the South American country for an event.

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  • Omigawa and Vasquez aren’t fighters to gloat about wins over. Granted they were tough fights but not tough competition. To me, Aldo seems like he is starting to fight not to lose rather than to win. Tim sylvia style. I hope we get to see the old Jose Aldo. It’s not that Mendes is not ready, I just don’t think he is as good as Aldo is. Happilly correct me if I am wrong, but I see Aldo completely destroying Mendes

  • shakejunt

    can’t wait to stop hearing about mendes