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Aldo-Mendes 2 Heads to Rio

Aldo-Mendes 2 Heads to Rio

Originally scheduled to take place on August 2, the biggest rematch in UFC featherweight history now moves to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 25, as 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and number one contender Chad Mendes meet at UFC 179. 

UFC president Dana White made the announcement in San Jose Saturday night after the UFC Fight Night card at the SAP Center.

In their first meeting in January of 2012, Aldo stopped the then-unbeaten Mendes with one second remaining in the first round. Since then, Mendes has won five straight, most recently decisioning Nik Lentz. Aldo, the only 145-pound champion in UFC history, has added three more successful title defenses since the Mendes bout, defeating Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung, and Ricardo Lamas.

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