Following a short hiatus, the UFC returned to action with their first PPV event in Brazil since August 2013. While an entertaining event overall, the card will be celebrated for the headlining fight - a title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes that Dana White deemed the "greatest featherweight title fight" he had ever seen.
The two competitors produced an easy ‘Fight of the Year' candidate in their main event match-up. The contest was enthralling from the get-go and featured a wide range of momentum shifts and interesting incidents to keep the action compelling.
Official Result: Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
What was the high point of the fight?
While the contest was packed with breathtaking action, the first three rounds were arguably the highlights of the fight. The first round, in particular, saw several knockdowns and concluded with Aldo firing two shots after the bell had sounded.
Where do these two go from here?
The featherweight division is undoubtedly one of the most compelling in the UFC today. With a wide array of potential fight scenarios, it will be interesting to see what occurs over the coming year.
Following his 9th straight title fight win, Jose Aldo will likely be presented with another exciting competitor in Conor McGregor. While the Irishman is scheduled to meet Dennis Siver in Boston next January, White hinted that a win would likely set up the blockbuster title fight during the summer.
Mendes, however, is in quite a predicament in the division. Arguably one of the very best fighters on the 145-pound roster, Mendes will have to find a way to claw back into a title fight. He is far superior to the majority of the fighters in the division and could be at risk of knocking off several potential title challengers, which would be counter-productive for the UFC.
Watch now, later, or never?
Watch as soon as you possibly can. With the slew of average events and underwhelming fights thrust upon us on a weekly basis, it is a pleasure to witness a match-up as entertaining and captivating as the Aldo/Mendes rematch on Saturday night.