Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is one of the more dominant title holders in UFC history. Aldo has won 17 straight fights dating back to 2006, with notable wins over Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar. With 15 career wins by knockout and one by submission, Aldo is considered one of MMA’s best pound-for-pound fighters. He’ll look to keep his streak and tact – and his belt – when he faces Team Alpha Male rival Chad Mendes at UFC 179.
UFC 179, which is headlined by the UFC featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes and the light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
The Fight Club Q&A is traditionally a way for UFC fans to interact with their favorite fighters before an event weigh-in. Friday in Rio de Janeiro, it was something quite different, as the polarizing Conor McGregor ignited an entire crowd of Brazilians with his always entertaining brand of trash talk and commentary, much of it directed at the man defending the featherweight title Saturday night, Jose Aldo.“I am the number one contender,” McGregor said. “The next time Jose steps into the Octagon after Saturday night, it will be to face me.
On Saturday, the Octagon is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UFC featherweight championship rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
Cover this sport long enough and you will find that the rarest mix an athlete can have is to be compelling inside and outside the Octagon. Talk to UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira, and it’s clear that while he’s a must see on fight night, with the wins in 20 of his last 21 bouts to prove it, he’s just as interesting when he doesn’t have gloves on. Strangely enough though, most of us didn’t know this until the last couple years.
In a sport where fighters are often described as dynamic or members of the new breed of mixed martial artist, Darren Elkins remains a throwback. That doesn’t mean he can’t handle himself wherever a fight happens to go, because no one earns seven UFC wins being one-dimensional.
Jose Aldo has been the best featherweight fighter on the planet for the past five years. While stringing together any type of success at the highest level of the sport is a feat unto itself, the Brazilian phenom has operated on a level few fighters have experienced in the history of mixed martial arts.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 was both the best and worst night of Chad Mendes’ career as a professional fighter.That night, inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a then-unbeaten Mendes stepped into the Octagon to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on his home turf.
On January 18, the UFC’s breakout star of 2014, Dublin’s Conor McGregor, will kick off his 2015 campaign with a return to the place where he first made his name in the United States, as he takes on fellow featherweight contender Dennis Siver in the main event of a special Sunday edition of UFC Fight Night at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.FOX Sports 1 will air the five-round featherweight matchup, which marks McGregor’s first visit to Boston since an August 2013 victory over Max Holloway , as the headliner of a two-hour main card beginning at 10pm Eastern time.
Scott Jorgensen likes his video games. He streams his game playing in his off-time, he has his own team that goes out and represents him in the ever-growing field of competitive gaming, and while he’s not about to drop his career as a UFC flyweight contender, “Young Guns” is pretty good with the controller.
Flyweight Chris Kelades got things off to a good start with his win over Paddy Holohan earlier this month. So would a victory by lightweight newcomer Christos Giagos over Gilbert Burns this Saturday at UFC 179 officially signal the start of a Greek invasion in the UFC?Giagos sure hopes so, and he wouldn’t mind being the one waving the flag.“My parents are from Greece, and I want to embrace it,” he said.
Two days after UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was forced out of his UFC 180 bout against Fabricio Werdum on November 15 due to injury, lightweight contenders Joe Lauzon and Diego Sanchez have suffered the same fate as Velasquez, as injuries to both have prompted the removal of their bout from the Mexico City event.Stepping up to open up the main card will be a bout between hard-hitting welterweights Edgar Garcia and Hector Urbina. The UFC 180 card will proceed with 11 bouts, headlined by the interim UFC heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt.
New York City produces point guards, the Dominican Republic is renowned for making shortstops, and the Netherlands routinely delivers the best kickboxers on the planet. UFC light heavyweight Hans Stringer, a proud native of Rhenen, took a different route to the UFC as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.“I was lucky to start in one of Holland’s best Jiu-Jitsu clubs - Jiu-Jitsu Factory,” he said.
This Saturday, the featherweight rematch the MMA world has been waiting for finally takes place in Rio de Janeiro, as 145-pound champion Jose Aldo defends his crown against number one contender Chad Mendes. The UFC 179 main event has produced more than its share of debate among fans and pundits over the past several weeks, but how do some of the top fighters in the UFC see this fight playing out?