On Saturday, October 25th the UFC will hold UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes II from the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In the night’s main event, Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight title for the seventh time. This time he will be facing a familiar foe in Chad Mendes. The two met in January of 2012 where Aldo scored a knockout victory with just one second left in the first round after one of the most infamous fence grabs in MMA history. Both men have been unbeaten since that night and seemingly on a collision course for this rematch. Aldo has only fought three times since that night with two decision victories and one TKO. Mendes has vastly improved his striking since that night and has scored four victories via striking stoppage in his five bouts since. Mendes has fought more times since the first meeting but will be coming off of a longer layoff in this matchup as he has been on the sidelines since last December.

In the night’s co-main event Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis will look to get back on track in the light heavyweight division. Both men suffered losses in their most recent bouts and ironically, those fights came on the same evening  at UFC 172. Teixeira suffered his first loss inside the octagon when he dropped a five round decision to light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Davis fell via unanimous decision to the returning Anthony Johnson in a fight that could have earned him a title shot had he been victorious. Both men will now look to avoid a losing streak. Davis will be stepping onto enemy turf, but he is no stranger to Brazil. The American defeated Lyoto Machida in the UFC’s last trip to Rio.

Also highlighting the main card is fan favorite, Fabio Maldonado, facing Hans Stringer, and fast rising lightweight, Carlos Diego Ferreira, faces Beneil Dariush. The main card kicks off on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. The main card is preceded by four preliminary fights on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and two fights on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET.

Above is video of the UFC Fight Club Q&A featuring Conor McGregor. (video is courtesy of the UFC)

Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (145)- for featherweight title
Glover Teixeira (205) vs. Phil Davis (205)
Fabio Maldonado (205) vs. Hans Stringer (206)
Darren Elkins (145) vs. Lucas Martins (146)
Carlos Diego Ferreira (156) vs. Beneil Dariush (156)
William Macario (170) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Yan Cabral (156) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155)
Scott Jorgensen (128)** vs. Wilson Reis (125)
Felipe Arantes (146) vs. Andre Fili (146)
Gilbert Burns (156) vs. Christos Giagos (155)
Fabricio Camoes (158)* vs. Tony Martin (157)*

*Has 2 hours to make weight

** Has 1 hour to make weight

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