This Saturday, October 25, 2014 the UFC heads to beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, for UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2. The event will be aired live from Ginasio do Maracanazinho with early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, prelims on Fox Sports 1 and the main card on pay-per-view.

The event features a featherweight title grudge match between longtime UFC champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. The two have met once before in Rio at UFC 142 when Aldo knocked Mendes out with a vicious knee at the end of the first round.

Since that time, Mendes has been on a roll racking up five straight wins with four by way of knockout to set up this epic featherweight rematch.

UFC 179 has a lot of potential to be an entertaining with solid matchups and a great rivalry showdown, but whose star will shine the brightest? Who will be going home with the UFC’s standard $50,000 bonuses? Remember the UFC hands out four bonuses at every event; two for “Performance of the Night” and bonus checks for the two fighters involved in the “Fight of the Night”.

Performance of the Night

Carlos Diego Ferreira – Ferreira is one of the best prospects in an already deep and dangerous UFC lightweight division. At 2-0 with two post-fight bonuses are ready under his belt, Ferreira knows what it takes to impress and he has the tools to be a force in the division. Add to that the fact the he will be fighting in front of a Brazilian crowd for the first time in his career and this Brazil native will be coming in with a little extra motivation.

Chad Mendes – Mendes is a dangerous matchup for Aldo because Mendes is an amazing athlete with great power, speed and wrestling. In addition to that, the loss to Aldo at UFC 142 has turned him into a completely different fighter. If Mendes can pull off the upset he will be taking one of the POTN bonuses.

Fight of the Night

Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer – This matchup might not jump out at you right off the bat but think about it for a second; Maldonado and Stringer are both tough, gritty fighters who like to brawl. While it won’t be the most technical fight of the night, these two men are going to put it all out there and they are going to put on a show for the fans.

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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.