Article

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.

Watch Past Fights

Saturday, September 20
3AM/12AM
ETPT
Tokyo, Japan

Media

Recent
Watch the post-fight press conference live following the event.
Sep 15, 2014
Watch the official weigh-in for UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson live Friday, September 19 at 3am/12am ETPT.
Sep 15, 2014
Team Velasquez' strongest fighter, Humberto Brown, takes on Yair Rodriguez in the next episode of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America. Catch a new episode every Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass!
Sep 15, 2014
The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy "Big Country" Nelson looks to use his striking power against heavyweight youngster Stefan Struve. Watch Nelson fight Mark Hunt in the main event at UFC Fight Night Tokyo.
Sep 15, 2014