2014 has been a rough for the UFC; injuries have once again run amuck and a major event had to be cancelled. On top of that, overall viewership has been down and PPV buys have not been impressive. Heading into the main event of UFC 179 it was easy to see why the organization has been struggling; the event itself was lackluster to put it gently and it was not worth the buy before the main event. That all changed when UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes stepped into the Octagon.

For five full rounds they bared their hearts and souls to the MMA community. In a back and forth battle for the ages, Aldo and Mendes elevated the sport as a whole. For the first time in his career Aldo was pushed to the limit and he answered the call to prove that he is one of the greatest champions in MMA history.

Mendes gave Aldo all he could handle and even when he was hurt, Mendes pushed forward and challenged the champion. It was a career-defining performance for both men, and even though he came up short on the judges scorecards, Mendes could do nothing but smile after the fight.

The re-match between Aldo and Mendes didn’t just steal the show at UFC 179, it set the bar for every UFC main event that is to follow. Aldo and Mendes laid it all on the line at UFC 179 and they put on a show. A show that could just be the spark the UFC needs to see explosive growth once again.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

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.