The rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes has, as expected, been rebooked for an event later this year. The bout will now headline UFC 179 after their initial booking at UFC 176 fell out due to an injury to Aldo, leading to the event’s “postponement” altogether. Since the cancellation, the pair have exchanged a lot of trash talk – including Aldo accusing Mendes of using PEDs – making the anticipation for the rematch further.
Jose Aldo has defended his UFC title six times, winning 17 bouts in a row and defeating the whose-who of the featherweight division. The only man to pose many problems to Aldo’s belt was Frankie Edgar, though the controversy surrounding Aldo’s first fight with Mendes left a lot to be desired.
Aldo held the cage on more than one occasion to stop Mendes from taking him down, and this led to the knee knockout in the closing stages of the first round. This outraged many fans, who felt Aldo should have been punished for his actions and many called for an immediate rematch and/or the first contest to be overturned.
That first bout came over 2 and a half years ago, and Mendes has since gone on to win five straight, including four finishes – three of which coming inside the first round. That run has more than earned him a shot at the title and the chance to avenge the only loss of his career. However, after the bout was originally booked inside the US, Mendes will once again be fighting Aldo in hostile territory.
The bout has been rebooked for UFC 179 at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 25, with no other bouts yet announced for the card. It marks the third time that Team Alpha Male will square off against Team Nova Uniao, after TJ Dillashaw’s win over Renan Barao and their scheduled rematch for UFC 177.