The UFC returns with its first fight card of 2011 this Saturday night as UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (20-1) faces the undefeated Chad Mendes (11-0) in the main event of UFC 142. The fight will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Aldo will be making his third defense of his UFC Featherweight Title, Aldo is undefeated while fighting under the Zuffa banner (UFC, WEC). Aldo went 2-0 in 2011 with unanimous decision victories over Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian.
Mendes, a former NCAA All-American wrestler, is undefeated in 11 fights. He has notable wins over Erik Koch and Rani Yahya in his career. Mendes' last four fights have gone to decision, and seven of his eleven victories have come via decision.
Full UFC 142 Fight Card:
Main Card (PPV):
UFC Featherweight Title: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenizo
Welterweight: Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater
Lightweight: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
Preliminary Card (FX):
Lightweight: Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout
Heavyweight: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Edinaldo Oliveira
Featherweight: Yuri Alcantara vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Welterweight: Ricardo Funch vs. Mike Pyle
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho
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