On Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro UFC featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo puts his title on the line against dangerous challenger Chad Mendes at UFC 179.

Aldo is the first and only featherweight champion in UFC history and calling the 28 year old’s title run dominant would be an understatement; Aldo has dispatched all six challengers to his title included Mendes who lost his first title bid via knockout over two years ago.

But as dominant as Aldo has been he has shown some chinks in his armor; the biggest being fading cardio late in fights. For the gamblers out there, this main event has a lot of potential not only because of the upset potential but because of the prop bet potential because both men know how to finish fights.

While this card has some other betting opportunities, the two fights to really focus on will be the main event and the co-main event featuring light heavyweight contenders Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira.

Glover Teixeira, -325 vs. Phil Davis, +265

After watching Anthony Johnson completely dominate Davis UFC 172, I can easily see Teixeira having similar success against him. Teixeira and Johnson have a lot of similarities in their approach to fighting but I really thing that Johnson’s wrestling and freak athleticism is what tilted the action; Teixeira is an adequate wrestler but he is no freak athlete. Davis, on the other hand, is a freak athlete and he is one of the best wrestlers in the sport today. Davis is going to be able to get this fight to the ground and control the action.

The play – Take Davis to win for the upset and at +365 take him to win by submission for a really solid payout

Chad Mendes, +190 vs. Jose Aldo, -230

Even though Mendes and Aldo have fought before and that has to weigh on how to pick this fight, I would not spend too much time looking at the past. Instead, look at Medes’ recent history and take into consideration “the Bang effect”. Since Duane “Bang” Ludwig began working with the fighters at Team Alpha Male they have gone to another level — just look at what T.J. Dillashaw was able to do to Aldo’s teammate Renan Barao. Even though Ludwig is no long the head coach for Team Alpha Male he still remains a key player in their fighters training and preparation. I believe in “the Bang effect” and I believe that Mendes has always been the biggest threat to Aldo.

The play – Take Mendes to win for the upset and if you are adventurous at +465 take him to win inside the distance

Odds provided by BestFightOdds.com

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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.