Event: UFC 142 Aldo vs. Mendes

Date: January 14, 2012

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Venue: HSBC Arena

Broadcast: Pay-per-view (10pm ET)

UFC 142 Betting Odds: Aldo vs. Mendes is an upcoming mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on January 14, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

The UFC recently returned to Brazil in August for UFC 134. It was the UFC’s first show in the country since UFC 17.5 (“UFC: Ultimate Brazil”). The event sold out in just 74 minutes, and the UFC has vowed frequent return trips in the coming years.

In the main event of the evening, Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight championship against top contender and suffocating wrestling Chad Mendes. In addition, super popular Brazilian banger Vitor Belfort will get his chance to show off in front of his native fans against middleweight debutant Anthony Johnson.
Current champion Jose Aldo has had a death grip on the featherweight division for over two years and most recently thwarted Kenny Florian’s attempt to wrest the crown from the 145 pound king. Though Ken-Flo was able to launch a few vicious elbows it was a walk in the park for Aldo compared to the war he endured with Mark Hominick in April.

Jose Aldo had controlled the early rounds and had the challenger virtually out on his feet but Hominick refused to die. By the final round, Jose Aldo was on the receiving end of the punishment and hung on for dear life as he weathered a furious assault to retain the belt.

Aldo has not fought in his native Brazil in over 4 years and that was before he was fighting in the big leagues of MMA. In order to sharpen up his mat attack, Aldo has extended an invitation to top lightweight contender Gray Maynard to share some of his world class grappling techniques. He will need all the help he can get as his opponent has an affinity for taking the fight to the ground and keeping it there.

Chad Mendes is a former Division 1 All-American wrestler who has made a living by deftly avoiding the big strikers and making them pay when the fight hits the mat. He will need to employ the same strategy when he fights for the title as Jose Aldo has an arsenal of stinging Muay Thai blended seamlessly with a decent BJJ game that allows him to deal effectively with the mat masters of the sport.

This fight will feature a contrast in styles. The champion will do his level best to keep the fight standing up where he can school Mendes with his lethal straight rights, flying double knees and every other bone jarring strike in his repertoire. Mendes will need to avoid getting caught in a stand and trade contest that he simply cannot win.


  • JosĂ© Aldo vs Chad Mendes
  • Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
  • Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Massenzio
  • Erick Silva vs Siyar Bahadurzada
  • Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim


  • Thiago Tavares vs Sam Stout
  • Paulo Thiago vs Mike Pyle
  • Fabio Maldonado vs Stanislav Nedkov
  • Rob Broughton vs Edinaldo Oliveira
  • Felipe Arantes vs Antonio Carvalho

UFC 142 Betting Results


  • Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes via KO
  • Vitor Belfort def. Anthony Johnson via Submission
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Mike Massenzio via Submission
  • Carlo Prater def. Erick Silva via Disqualification (Illegal Punches to the Back of the Head)
  • Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim via KO


  • Thiago Tavares def. Sam Stout via Unanimous Decision
  • Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ednaldo Oliveira via Submission
  • Yuri Alcantara def. Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision
  • Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Funch via TKO
  • Felipe Arantes def. Antonio Carvalho via Unanimous Decision

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