The last surviving Brazilian UFC champion aims to derail Chad Mendes and take the title home in Brazil
On Saturday October 25th, the UFC returns from a twenty day layoff showcasing a highly anticipated rematch between the current featherweight champion Jose Aldo (24-1-0 MMA) and Chad “Money” Mendes (16-1-0 MMA) live from Rio De Janeiro Brazil.
There’s no denying the impact derived from the Brazilians in the world of mixed martial arts, from the first UFC event which was dominated by the UFC and MMA legend Royce Gracie to the run of the longest reigning middleweight champion of all time, Anderson Silva. Almost every division in the UFC has had a Brazilian champion who was dethroned in recent history — from the downfall of Mauricio Rua at the Hands of Jon Jones for the light heavyweight division to the brutalization of Junior Dos Santos, handing over his heavyweight title to current champion Cain Velasquez.
One of the key losses and biggest hits to the Brazilian culture was when Chris Weidman defeated the widely considered greatest of all time Anderson Silva on two occasions. The most personal defeat for Aldo was delivered by T.J. Dillashaw when he dominated and finished Aldo’s training partner and close friend Renan Barao at UFC 173 — defeating the then bantamweight champion in devastating fashion.
Dillashaw, a member of the Sacramento based training camp Team Alpha Male was the first from his camp to win a UFC championship which lit a fire under Mendes who is on a five fight win streak, four of five wins earned via knockout.
In their first outing, following a disputably even first round and an infamous “cage grab”, Aldo threw a knee with just seconds left landing square on the jaw of the challenger ending the fight. The Brazilian flag has been left behind to be carried by Aldo, the last surviving UFC champion in the UFC in what is, in my opinion the biggest test of his career. Although, he has already fought and finished Mendes, the fighter he is facing on Saturday October 25th is a much more motivated, skilled and deadlier fighter than the man he faced in Brazil at UFC 142.
Watch UFC 179 live on pay per view this Saturday at 10PM/7PM ET PT.
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