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Chad Mendes (11-0, 2-0 UFC).(20-1, 2-0 UFC) meets
This one's pretty simple rankings-wise. Aldo is obviously the number one featherweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, and the challenger Mendes is number two. If Mendes wins, they flip flop. If Aldo wins, Mendes will sit at two for a while until the next challenger is artificially inflated. This featherweight fight will be the main event of the night, and will be aired live on pay-per-view. The PPV broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Aldo: 25 years old | 5'7" | 70" reach
Mendes: 26 years old | 5'6 | 66" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Jose "Scarface" Aldo is a seven-year vet with a ton of wins and just one loss (over 6 years ago). He's currently on a 13-fight win streak, most of which came under the Zuffa umbrella. Five straight wins in the WEC earned him a shot at the champ Mike Brown in November 2009, where he basically decimated him and scooped his belt. Former champ Urijah Faber was the first challenger, but he went home with purple legs and another L on his record. Manny Gamburyan was the last WEC victim, getting KO'd in the second round. He was gifted a UFC featherweight belt after the merger, but struggled in his first defense against Mark Hominick at UFC 129 due to a rough weight cut. He still won though, then put away veteran Kenny Florian at UFC 136 by decision to defend the belt once again. Mendes is, by far, the best wrestler Aldo has faced, so this will be a major test for the dynamic striker.
Chad "Money" Mendes was a two-time NCAA D1 All-American in college, and made the transition to MMA shortly after school was over by hooking up with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male. After five straight wins on the California regional circuit, Chad was brought into the WEC. He dominated there as well, winning all four fights he had while wearing the blue gloves. After defeating Michihiro Omigawa in his UFC debut at UFC 126, Mendes was expected to get a title shot against Aldo at UFC 133. That went sideways, but Mendes didn't care and defeated Rani Yahya to cement his title shot. He walks into enemy territory, but is determined to bring the belt back to the United States.
Why should you care?
The UFC featherweight title is on the line, and the champ is facing the best wrestler in the division. In Brazil. There's a lot to like here.
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