Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2 Headed to Brazil, Headlines UFC 179

July 27, 2014
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Jose-Aldo-vs-Chad-MendesUFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will return from injury and defend his title against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, UFC President Dana White announced on Saturday.

The 145-pound rematch, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 2 in Los Angeles before Aldo had to withdraw, will now headline the pay-per-view in Brazil, which takes place at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium on Oct. 25.

Aldo and Mendes were set to headline UFC 176 at Staples Center, but Aldo suffered a neck injury in training and had to step out of the fight. As a result of Aldo’s withdraw, the entire UFC 176 card was canceled, and the fights were rescheduled for later cards.

The UFC 179 featured bout will be the second time the two featherweights clash. The first meeting between Aldo and Mendes occurred at UFC 142 in January of 2012, a bout that saw Aldo win with a devastating knee to Mendes’ chin for the knockout.

UFC 179 currently has no other bouts scheduled for the card, but more fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


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  • Kris-tyahn

    Mendes won’t be none too pleased! Maybe he might just get injured in September!

  • Lasha

    first fight was in aldos hometown, and i think second fight must be Mendes hometown in U.S. Los Angeles, vegas, or new York City.

    • MikeMcK

      New York City? Im guessing someones new…

      The fight was going to be in LA. After it was cancelled they’re going elsewhere. They just want to go where the money is. More Brazilians care about Aldo than do Americans about mendes.

      • Kris-tyahn

        Maybe Lasha meant to say New Jersey…?!? If not, then yes someone is new.

        • Lasha

          New Jersey no, I think Madison Square Garden is good place ufc fight than Prudential Center

          • GBN1001

            Kid, MMA is forbidden in New York

          • Lasha

            l do not know, why?

          • MikeMcK83

            You can find tons of articles about it on this site, and on the net in general.
            New York wont regulate mma. The ufc has been trying to get it passed in new your for years. If you ask Dana White its unions from Nevada paying of legislators to keep the bills off the books.
            New York and one other state doesn’t sanction mma. I forgot the other one. There are also other countries that do not allow it.

  • Kris-tyahn

    Yeah, then he’ll have his own Milk Carton!

  • richard duncan

    to me not only is aldo the champ, but he put chad to sleep the last fight,so who cares what chad wants and who cares what the mendes fans think he deserves.i hope it goes five rounds .and I hope aldo punishes him the entire time, a broken, blody mess.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    How convenient that Aldo gets “injured” and the fight gets re-scheduled in Brazil where the Brazilian refs and Brazilian judges will be more biased towards him.

    I wonder what illegal fight changing move the Brazilian ref will “miss” this time? An eye poke? A groin shot? A couple of punches to the back of the head? Mendes would be further ahead to take his chances with Steve Mazagatti as the ref rather that any Brazilian ref.

    • MikeMcK83

      I wish I could believe that everything is rigged like some others do. I’d lay down some really serious cash if I thought it was such an advantage.
      Im curious though. Do you believe that if the fight took place in the US that the ref’s and judges would be biased towards Mendes?

      • BarrysHypocrisy

        We’ll never know if there would have been bias towards Mendes because Aldo mysteriously got injured and the fight got re-scheduled in Brazil, where there is obvious bias towards the Brazilian fighters.