UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his belt against Chad Mendes at UFC 176 in a rematch required due to a startling lack of genuine contenders for the 145lbs crown.
The pair have met once before at UFC 146 in Rio De Janeiro, were the Braizlian defeated Mendes via first round knock out, However this time it will be Mendes on home turf of Los Angeles, California.
Aldo was last seen defeating Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 in typically dominant fashion. Prior to the fight 'Scarface' had beaten Chang Sung Jung and former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.
Since his loss to Aldo, Mendes has won five straight fights. 'Money' has looked seriously impressive in all of them, finishing four of them by T/KO. The Team Alpha Male fighter's striking has looked a lot crisper since coach Duane Ludwig began helping the California based gym.
Although Mendes was finished in the first round when he last met the featherweight champion, there was some controversy. During the fight, Mendes had the back of Aldo and went for the takedown. However the champion grabbed the cage and didn't allow 'Money' to complete. If Mendes had have completed the takedown, the fight could have panned out very differently.
Aldo was the first man to hand Mendes a defeat and celebrated famously by leaving the cage to an adoring, passionate Brazilian crowed.
It will be a tough task for Mendes to reverse that form as 'Scarface' has not lost since 2005, in his single loss of his 24-1 career. However the form that Mendes has been in, he could hand Aldo another L.
UFC 176 take place on August 2. No other matches are yet booked for the card.
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