UFC 179 rolls into Brazil this weekend and the UFC is getting the hype for Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes II rolling, as well as a top light heavyweight clash serving as the co-main event.
UFC Featherweight Championship Bout - Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Two and a half years ago, Aldo and Mendes met in Rio where despite Mendes having the better of Aldo for most of Round One, a controversial fence grab lead to a sensational KO win for Aldo.
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Since then, Aldo has beaten the best that the division has had to offer, while Mendes is set upon redemption.
While it's Conor McGregor creating the headlines in the featherweight division, these two fighters are the ones at the top of their game and who the rest have to look forward to.
So come Saturday, expect no love lost and for Mendes to come out strong against the long-standing Brazilian champ.
Light Heavyweight Bout - Glover Teixeira vs Phil Davis
After a crushing loss to UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones earlier this year, Glover Teixeira looks to bounce back against 'Mr Wonderful' Phil Davis at UFC 179.
While many would say that Davis has been far from wonderful in his past couple of outings, he'll prove to be a stern test to that of Teixeira.
This fight pits the wrestling skills of Davis, up against the brute force of Teixeira, who will look to connect his patented right cross and end the fight early.
Both fighters are several fights from another title shot, but the rebuilding process has to start somewhere and another loss will throw them further down the pecking order.
Lightweight Bout - Diego Ferreira vs Beneil Dariush
The lightweight division is the most stacked division in the UFC and is one of the premier divisions today.
There are potential title challengers throughout the top 10 and the top 20 always seem to be just one or two fights from a title shot and that's where Ferreira and Dariush come in.
These two are looking to make a name for themselves and at 11-0 and 7-1, both fighters are set to make waves sooner, rather than later.
The fight favours Ferreira, who beat Ramsey Nijem in his last, who had previously beaten Dariush as well.
They're both submission specialists, with Ferreria winning six of his fights via submission, while Dariush has won five, so expect a lot of ground work and technical fighting.
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