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UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 - Epic Featherweight Championship battle goes to distance, Jose Aldo successfully defends title for the 7th time after winning by decision over Chad Mendes


A lot was on the line in this UFC Featherweight Championship bout. History between the fighters, postponement of UFC 176, bad blood and Jose Aldo (25-1) being the last Brazilian champion in the promotion. This was one of the best fight I've seen this year and if you didn't like this, you don't combat sports at all. It was intense and filled with mostly back-and-forth standup action. Both Aldo and Chad Mendes (16-2) went all out and kept going at each other in all 5 rounds trying to knock one another, and both got very close to doing that in several occasions through crazy quick striking exchanges.

Aldo came the closest to finishing the bout with a one-two punch combo that dropped Mendes completely but fortunately for Mendes, it was right at the buzzer of the first round. Prior to that, Mendes actually knocked down Aldo first but Aldo got right back up to his feet and after a few exchanges, Aldo knocked Mendes down and managed to force his way to full mount position but Mendes escaped quite quickly. It was quite even-Steven in the second round, with a few accidental eye-pokes and groin shots to Aldo which got him fired up even more. They rocked each other during the third but despite Aldo's facial injuries were more evident, Mendes was more wobbled after one of the many exchanges and hence resorting to leg-grabs and takedown attempts to defend and recover.



Aldo continued to try to finish Mendes in the championship rounds (4 & 5) but Mendes did a great job responding with either takedowns or counter combos of his own but without question, Aldo won almost every round. The judges scorecard was 49-46, 49-46, 49-46 declaring Aldo the winner by unanimous decision. During the post-fight interview, Aldo said that he's the king, Chad's the prince and now he has a "joker", whom he most probably referring to Conor McGregor who's shooting up the featherweight ladder and will most likely face Mendes if he wins against Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 in January, who called him out, for a title contender fight. Whoever wins between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 57 in November will most likely be next to challenge Also for the title.

In the co-main event in Brazil, local title contender Glover Teixeira (22-4) was defeated by America's Phil Davis (13-2) via unanimous decision after being dominated by Davis' wrestling and ground control. Davis got a bit cocky and called out UFC legend and former Middleweight champ, Anderson Silva. This card was definitely one of the worst one this year after UFC 177, but once again, saved by and forgiven thanks to the fantastic performance by the main-eventers in the title bout.

Results

(Source: Wikipedia)

Fight of the Night: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Performance of the Night: Fábio Maldonado and Gilbert Burns

Main Card

Featherweight: Jose Aldo (c) def. Chad Mendes | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis def. Glover Teixeira | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Light Heavyweight: Fábio Maldonado def. Hans Stringer | TKO (punches) | R2 4:06
Featherweight: Darren Elkins def. Lucas Martins Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush def. Carlos Diego Ferreira | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds

Preliminary Card

Welterweight: Neil Magny def. William Macario | TKO (punches) | R3 2:40
Lightweight: Yan Cabral def. Naoyuki Kotani Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:06
Catchweight (128 lbs): Wilson Reis def. Scott Jorgensen | Submission (arm-triangle choke) | R1 3:28
Featherweight: Andre Fili def. Felipe Arantes | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Gilbert Burns def. Christos Giagos | Submission (armbar) | R1 4:57
Catchweight (158 lbs): Tony Martin def. Fabrício Camões | Submission (kimura) | R1 4:16

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