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UFC 179: Aldo-Mendes Battle In Featherweight Title Rematch

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo looks to make another successful title defense in his rematch against No. 1 ranked contender Chad Mendes at UFC 179 from Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. In this main event battle Mendes looks to take the belt and give the United States a title holder in each Ultimate Fighting Championship weight division.

Aldo won the first fight at UFC Rio in January of 2012 with a first round stoppage, landing a vicious knee to “Money’s” face that sent him to the mat where the match was stopped after “Junior” landed a couple of strikes to the face. Mendes has won five straight fights since then and has worked his way back to the top of the rankings at 16-1 with his last win being by unanimous decision over No. 9 ranked Nik Lentz. Aldo is 24-1 and hasn’t lost a fight since 2005 which is a stretch of 17 consecutive wins including his last which was a unanimous decision win over No. 4 contender Ricardo Lamas.

The co-main event is a light heavyweight matchup between No. 4 contender Glover Teixeira and No. 6 ranked Phil Davis as both fights look to rebound from losses in their last fights. Teixeira is 22-3 and lost a title fight to UFC Lightweight Champion Jon Jones by unanimous decision while Davis fell to 12-2, 1 NC after dropping a unanimous decision loss to No. 5 ranked Anthony Johnson both at UFC 172.

Another light heavyweight match pits No. 15 ranked Fabio Maldonado against Hans Stringer as Maldonado looks to improve after falling to 21-7 by a first round knockout at the hands of No. 5 contender Stipe Miocic while Stringer looks to improve after moving to 22-5-3 with a split decision win in his UFC debut over Francimar Barroso, both at a UFC Fight Night in May.

No. 13 featherweight Darren “The Damage” Elkins (18-4) wants to get back in the win column after a unanimous decision loss to No. 11 ranked Jeremy Stephens in January and will have to stop the three-fight win streak put together by his opponent Lucas Martins. “Mineiro” is 15-1 winning his last fight with a third round stoppage win over Alex White at a UFC Fight Night in July.

Red hot Diego Ferreira is unbeaten at 10-0 and faces fellow lightweight Beneil Dariush in the first main card fight. Dariush is 8-1 after a second-round submission win over Tony Martin at a UFC Fight Night in August while Ferreira defeated Ramsey Nijem with a second-round stoppage at UFC 177.