RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 14: Jose Aldo (L) celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in a featherweight bout during UFC 142 at HSBC Arena on January 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Jose Aldo defeats Chad Mendes by Knockout. The stoppage came at 4:59 in the first round.
Chad Mendes opened up the first round with leg kicks. Jose Aldo responded with his own that landed much heavier. Chad Mendes failed on his first takedown attempt. Huge leg kick landed for Aldo. Chad Mendes came forward with a combination but missed on every strike attempt. Aldo landed a huge uppercut just before Chad Mendes attempted a deep single leg takedown. Mendes committed to a takedown attempt from outside but came up empty as Aldo stepped away. Chad Mendes landed his best leg kick of the fight with a minute left. Jose Aldo attempted a flying knee and Chad got the fight to the ground momentarily. He took Aldo's back and when he attempted a throw Aldo grabbed the fence. Aldo knocks out Chad Mendes with a knee and strikes with seconds remaining in the round.
After the knockout Aldo ran out of the cage and dove right into the crowd to celebrate with his countrymen. He almost caused a riot getting carried back to the cage on someone's shoulders. It is his most dominant win as a UFC fighter and he's still the UFC featherweight champion.