As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes. Our live coverage will start with the singe fight being shown on Facebook, continuing through the FX TV prelim broadcast (8 p.m. ET) and finally through the pay-per-view broadcast (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
This post will cover live results and thoughts for the pay-per-view main card.
In the evening's main event, Jose Aldo steps into the cage to defend his UFC featherweight championship against Chad Mendes. The evening's co-main event sees Anthony Johnson (who missed weight badly) face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort. Submission specialist Rousimar Palhares squares off with Mike Massenzio. Rounding out the card is a welterweight bout between Erick Silva and Carlo Prater and a lightweight bout between Edson Barboza and Terry Etim.
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Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim - Round 1 - Left hook by Etim and he tries to get a takedown but Barboza bounces back up quickly. Head kick by Etim just misses. Sweep takedown by Etim but Barboza gets his butterflies in and pops to his feet right away. Barboza misses with a wild right hand. Hard leg kick by Barboza now. Left hook by Etim and Barboza with a more powerful hook in return. Head kick by Barboza is blocked. Barboza stuffs a takedown attempt and lands a knee to the body. Barboza keeps going to the leg kicks and Etim finally has to fire one back in return. Spinning back kick to the body comes up just short and Barboza takes the round in my eyes.
Round 2 - Hard leg kicks by Barboza right away. He's landing those very hard. Etim is trying to find space to counter but he's getting hit with those leg kicks and occasional shots to the body. Etim is trying to fire back with leg kicks of his own but they're just not as solid. Another leg kick, and another. Etim needs to change his strategy here as he's just getting picked apart. He does land a nice few punches though. Etim with a head kick that is blocked and a spinning back kick that doesn't land. Etim tries for a takedown but Barboza immediately scrambles and gets to his feet. Etim with a nice body shot but Barboza with another hard leg kick. 10-9 Barboza again.
Round 3 - Guess what Barboza opens with? If you said "leg kick" you win a prize. Much more of what we saw last round with Etim trying to find openings, occasionally shooting for takedowns that get stuffed and eating leg kicks. HUGE, HUGE SPINNING WHEEL KICK AND ETIM IS OUT! INCREDIBLE! Edson Barboza wins by KO (wheel kick), 2:02 of Round 3.
Carlo Prater vs. Erick Silva - Round 1 - Knee by Silva, Prater is badly hurt, he follows up with a flurry of shots (tons of which were to the back of the head) and the fight is stopped. After the stoppage, Prater points to his shoulder indicating he injured it somewhere in the short fight. Wait, now they say that Silva has been disqualified. Carlo Prater wins by disqualification (blows to the back of the head). Replays show that not every shot as illegal but it looked like some of them were. With no commission to oversee things here I bet the UFC overturns that to a no contest.
Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares - Round 1 - Leg kicks from Palhares early, I assume to soften up Massenzio for the inevitable leg lock. Accidental low blow by Palhares. After a short break to let him recover, they restart. Low kick by Palhares and he gets a brief takedown but Massenzio gets up before he can recover. Palhares pulls guard, takes a leg and that'll do it. It's so predictable, and so awesome. Rousimar Palhares wins by submission (heel hook), 1:03 of round 1.
Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson - Round 1 - Johnson comes out with a front kick then a leg kick. Vitor throws a head kick, Johnson catches it and takes him down off of it. Vitor tries for a an armbar but Johnson never was in danger. Johnson still on top but not really doing anything with it. Vitor lands a few punches off his back an then the ref stands them up. Vitor has swelling around his eye. Johnson looking for a takedown. Belfort with a knee and Johnson is trying very hard to get the takedown and he does manage to actually get it down. Johnson needs to open up with more punches here, he's on top not doing much of anything and again they're stood up. Johnson looks pretty tired. Head kick misses for Johnson and now he's looking for the takedown again. He can't get it and looks too tired to stand up. Vitor landing punches and he takes the back. Vitor has him flattened out and is landing shots. Vitor sinks the choke and Johnson taps. Vitor Belfort wins by submission (rear naked choke), Round 1.
UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chad Mendes - Round 1 - They touch gloves and here they go. Both men moving a lot and feeling out distance. Leg kick by Mendes lands solid, Aldo with a much better one in return. Mendes is still trying to throw leg kicks with him and Aldo is getting the better of those exchanes. Mendes shoots and Aldo defends very well. Aldo is stalking and trying to get the distance figured out. Huge leg kick by Aldo again. Uppercut by Mendes misses by a mile. Big body shot by Aldo and Mendes shoots and can not finish the takedown. Aldo with a kick, Mendes shoots, gets deep on the single leg but Aldo keeps upright. Phenomenal takedown defense so far. Leg kick by Mendes lands. Aldo with a knee, Mendes with a takedown attempt and this time manages to lock around Aldo's waist. Aldo grabs the fence to prevent the takedown. Mendes tries for the takedown and Aldo bounces back up. Mendes still trying for the takedown, he can't get it. Aldo spins, lands a huge knee and Mendes drops. Punches and Mendes is out! Aldo runs from the ring into the crowd and is being mobbed by fans! Jose Aldo wins by knockout (knee and punches), 4:59 of Round 1.