On Saturday, Oct. 25, the UFC hosted UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 from the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the main event of the evening, featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his 145-pound title against challenger Chad Mendes in a rematch of their UFC 142 clash which Aldo won via first-round knockout. Since then, Aldo had defended his belt three times. The Brazilian edged former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Lamas by decision, while stopping Chan Sung Jung by strikes. Mendes, meanwhile, had been red-hot. The Team Alpha Male product rebounded from the first loss of his career to reel off five straight wins, including four by knockout.
The co-main event featured a pair of light heavyweights looking to get back in the win column as Brazil’s Glover Teixeira locked horns with Phil Davis. Both fighters had been out of action since UFC 172 in April when Teixeira was battered by champion Jon Jones for five rounds, while Davis was outclassed by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
The 11-fight event kicked off Saturday with two fights streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
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