#25. Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon 1
#24. Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida
#23. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture
#22 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Berry
#21 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
#20. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz
#19 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
#18. Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and 3
#17. Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
#16 Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva
#15. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan
#14. Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz
#13 Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 and 2
#12. Diego Sanchez vs Nick Diaz
#11. Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2
#10. Mark Hunt vs Antonio Silva
#9. Jose Aldo Jr vs Chad Mendes 2
October 25th. 2014
Main Event of UFC 179
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A rematch between perfect clashing styles. This matchup pitted Aldo’s speed vs Mendes power. It matched up Aldo’s takedown defense and submission skills vs Mendes’ wrestling skills. Aldo was on a 18 fight winning streak, and had defended the WEC/UFC featherweight title for 10 straight fights. Mendes entered the fight on a 5 fight win streak, and had only 1 career lose (to Aldo) heading into the fight.
The fight took place in Aldo’s hometown.
The first round starts with a crazy pace. Mendes comes out pressuring. Mendes lands a left hook. Aldo opens up with a 3 punch combination. Aldo lands a left hook to the body. He also lands a left hook. Mendes lands a right hand. He lands several leg kicks. Mendes lands a left hook that drops Aldo. Aldo gets up quickly and lands a stiff jab. Mendes responds by landing 3 jabs of his own. Aldo lands a 1-2 combination. Mendes lands a very hard leg kick, while Aldo lands a kick to the body. Both fighters exchange jabs. Mendes lands an uppercut, then lands two left hooks. Aldo lands another 1-2 combination. Aldo lands a body kick. Both exchange hard leg kicks. Mendes lands a left hook. Mendes lands a jab and an overhand right. Then they get an accidental eye poke. The ref stops the fight, and the doctor checks on Aldo. Aldo opens up the fight with a 3 punch combination and follows up with a step knee. Mendes shoots in for a double leg, and takes Aldo down. However, Aldo hurries to the feet. Aldo lands a left hook that floors Mendes. Aldo opens up some ground and pound. Aldo moves to mount, but Mendes scrambles to the feet. Mendes lands a right hand, but Aldo lands a very clean uppercut, left hook, straight right combination. The bell sounds, and Aldo unloads a huge 1-2 combination that drops Mendes. The two punches were way after the bell. Somehow Aldo was not penalized a point. 10-9 round for Aldo
The second round begins and both fighters exchange leg kicks. Mendes works to the clinch and lands a knee to the groin. After a short break, they continue. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Mendes lands an overhand right. Aldo lands punch to the body. Mendes lands a body kick. Aldo lands 3 stiff jabs. Mendes counters with a 1-2 combination and a kick to the legs. Aldo lands a hard hook to the body. Mendes lands a right hand. Aldo lands another punch to the body. Mendes lands a left hook, and several leg kicks. The round is much slower than the crazy pace of the first round. Aldo is stalking while Mendes is working angles. Mendes lands a left hook as the round ends. Very very close round. 10-9 Mendes.
Third roud starts and both guys comes out firing. Aldo lands a right hand, but Mendes accidentally pokes Aldo again. During a break in action. The ref sternly warns Mendes about the eye pokes. Action continues and Aldo lands left hook. Mendes lands a huge left hand. Both fighters start to exchange bombs. Aldo lands a 1-2 punch combination to the body. Mendes responds with his own 1-2. Mendes lands a right hook. Aldo lands a left hook that stuns Mendes. Aldo lands another 1-2 combination and a stiff jab. Mendes lands an uppercut. Mendes lands a left hook, and a left hand. Mendes lands a gigantic uppercut that hurts Aldo. He follows with a left hook that really hurts Aldo. Aldo lands a left hook as Mendes rushes in for the kill. Mendes lands another uppercut, but Aldo lands an overhand right that stumbles Mendes again. Aldo rushes in and lands a step knee. Aldo lands a 1-2 combination and a left hook. Mendes shoots in and Aldo stuffs a takedown. As Aldo is sprawled, he lands short punches to the side of Mendes head. Mendes gets to his feet, Aldo lands a left hook, but Mendes shoots in on a double and lifts Aldo up and slams him hard to the mat. Aldo gets to his feet, with Mendes locked around his waist. Mendes lands 6 hard foot stomps to Aldo’s left foot. Aldo spins around and they clinch. The two fighters say something to each other and smile. Mendes lands a huge left hook before the round ends. Really good round. Close again, but I give it to Mendes.
The fourth round begins with Mendes pressuring the action. Mendes lands a leg kick and a push kick. Mendes follows it up with another push kick. Mendes lands a left hook to the body. The challenger lands an uppercut and a left hook. Mendes lands a switch kick left high kick. Mendes lands a 1-2 combination. Mendes is pressing the action and Aldo seems to be taking the round off. Mendes lands a right hook. He lands two more uppercuts and Aldo is cut. Aldo lands a right hand, and then Mendes complains of an eye poke, but the ref refuses to stop the action. Mendes lands a hard left hook and overhands right. Mendes lands another overhand right. Aldo lands 4 jabs, and a 1-2 combination to end the round. Clearly a Mendes round. 10-9 Mendes.
Mendes opens the round by landing a right hook. Mendes follows up with 2 left hooks. Aldo lands a left hook of his own. Mendes lands a body kick. Mendes lands a double leg takedown. He holds the champion down for about 30 seconds before landing a knee to the body. Aldo gets up. Aldo lands a left hook and then a clean 1-2 combination. Aldo lands a step knee. Aldo blocks a takedown from Mendes and gets Mendes back. Mendes scrambles to his feet, and exchange bombs on the feet. Mendes lands an uppercut. Aldo responds with a hard straight right. He lands another straight right that rocks Mendes. Mendes lands his own right, but the champion lands another right hand. Aldo stops a takedown from Mendes. Aldo lands a body shot, while Mendes lands an overhand right. Both guys exchange bombs for the last 10 seconds of the fight. Close round, but I give it to Aldo. However, I scored the fight 48-47 for Mendes.
Results and Notes:
Aldo wins a unanimous decision. I am in the minority, but I scored the fight to Mendes, though it was razer close. Only the 4th round was clearly won by either fighter.
Aldo would fight Conor McGregor in his next fight and finally lose the belt. He would fight and beat Frankie Edgar (again) for the interim title, and after McGregor was stripped, he got the title back.
Mendes would go 1-2 after this fight, and be suspended two years for a USADA violation.