Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes set for UFC 142 in BrazilPosted on November 1, 2011, 02:15 PM by Joey Santosus
Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will put his title on the line when he meets top contender Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in Brazil.
UFC President Dana White has confirmed the match-up with FOXSports.com.
Aldo (20-1) will look to make his third consecutive title defense under the UFC banner. The Brazilian was crowned champion after dethroning Mike Brown in the WEC back in 2009, and following back-to-back defenses against Urijah Faber and Manny Gamburyan, was awarded a UFC strap when the promotions merged earlier this year. In the time since, Aldo has taken unanimous decision victories over Mark Hominick, and most recently, Kenny Florian.
Mendes (11-0) heads into the bout unbeaten, having won four straight during his time with the WEC and remains perfect in two outings with the UFC. Though Mendes first earned a title shot by defeating Japanese superstar Michihiro Omigawa in his octagon debut, he then went on to defeat Rani Yahya rather than wait for the then-injured Champion.
UFC 142 is expected to take place January 14th from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to the Featherweight title clash, Middleweight veteran Vitor Belfort is rumored to compete against an unnamed opponent on the card.