UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will hopefully still compete at UFC 189. He is stuck between the lure of the big money PPV (pay-per-view) fight against rival Conor McGregor, and a potentially fractured rib that could cost him the title. The feud with ‘The Notorious’ goes way back, but only really got a dose of reality after McGregor’s win over Dennis Siver earlier this year. This wasn’t the champion’s first taste of beef in the UFC though, that accolade is given to two-time title challenger and Aldo’s last opponent, Chad Mendes.
‘Money’ was the third challenger to ‘Scarface’ in the UFC, after the Brazilian champ had beaten Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick previously. The former WEC (world extreme cagefighting) boss then ran through Mendes, knocking him out with a knee in the last second of the first round at UFC 142. The win was not without controversy though, as the Team Alpha Male product accused the kingpin of cheating by holding the fence.
The win stood, and Mendes would go on to a five fight winning spree to earn another crack at the belt, this time at UFC 179 and preceded by a deep backstory. Heated staredowns and confrontations were the skinny on the UFC 179 hype train, and it all came to a head in a fantastic five round affair in Brazil. The win earned both men fight of the night & fight of the year (2014) honors.
Enjoy the Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes 2 full fight video from UFC 179, and stay tuned to LowKickMMA during this huge UFC 189 fight week!