On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the UFC heads to the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for ‘UFC 179: Aldo vs. Medes 2′.

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, was originally set to defend his title against Chad Mendes in August at UFC 176, but had postpone the rematch due to a neck injury. Now, the animosity between the two elite featherweight has reached a boiling point and it will all come to a head this Saturday night.

While the featherweight title rematch between Aldo and Mendes is more than enough reason to watch UFC 179, this event has much more for fans to look forward to.

 

Carlos Diego Ferreira

Brazil has always been a hotbed of MMA talent and lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira could potentially be the UFC’s next great Brazilian champion. The 29 year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is undefeated in his career, and in his first two Octagon appearances, he has taken home two “Fight Night” bonuses; “Performance of the Night” for his first round submission of Colton Smith and “Fight of the Night” for his second round TKO of Ramsey Nijem. Ferreira still has some work to do before he is ready for the division’s elite, but his skills are undeniable and his ceiling is extremely high.

 

Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira

In the co-main event of the evening elite light heavyweights Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira will battle it out to get back into the win column; Teixeira is coming off of a loss to UFC champion Jon Jones while Davis is looking to rebound following his loss to Anthony Johnson. The UFC’s light heavyweight division has long been MMA’s premier division, and any time you have an opportunity to watch two of top light heavyweights in the world mix it up, you can’t miss it.

 

Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes

The main event of the evening features the long awaited featherweight title rematch between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes. In their first meeting, Aldo knocked Mendes out with a vicious knee at the end of the first round, but this is not the same Mendes. Since that loss, Mendes has rattled off five straight victories, with four of them coming by way of knockout. Aldo on the other hand, while still dominant, has fought somewhat sporadically and hasn’t looked as unbeatable as he once appeared to be. Add in the sheer disdain these two have for each other and this one has “Fight of the Night” written all over it.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.