Earlier this week, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and no. 1 ranked Chad Mendez were doing a press conference in Brazil ahead of their rematch at UFC 179. The two fighters were doing a stare down for one set of photographers while jawing back and forth at each other. One could only assume the verbal exchange were not friendly, as the champion was visibly agitated.

Then as the two moved onto the next group of photographers, things came to a boiling point, and Also shoved Mendez. The PR people on hand were able to step in before things escalated out of control.

Aldo and Mendez were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 176 on August 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Aldo suffered an injury during training camp, and was forced to pull out of the bout just a month before the event was set to take place. Because a suitable main event could not be made in time, the entire card ended up being scrapped on July 8, with the other fights on the card being rescheduled for other cards.

UFC 176 was the second card Zuffa was forced to cancel. UFC 151 was set to feature a bout for the light heavyweight title between champion Jon Jones and challenger Dan Henderson. Shortly before the event, Henderson was forced to pull out of the matchup due to an injury suffered during training camp. Chael Sonnen offered to step in for Henderson on less than two week’s notice, but Jones turned down the fight and the card was scrapped.

Aldo vs. Mendez 2 will take place at UFC 179 on Saturday, October 25 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The event will also feature a bout of top ranked light heavyweights as former title challenger Glover Teixeira takes on Phil Davis.

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