Well, this should be a really good fight. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Jose Aldo, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s dominant featherweight champion, will defend his belt in a rematch against top-ranked contender Chad Mendes of Sacramento on Aug. 2 at Staples Center in UFC 176.
Aldo (24-1) is the UFC’s second-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. He has won his last 16 fights. He last fought at UFC 169 in February, beating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision for the featherweight title.
The event goes down on Aug. 2 at Staples Center in UFC 176 and this fight will be the headliner.
Mendes is 6-0 in the UFC with a 16-1 overall MMA record and ranked behind only light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the organization’s pound-for-pound rankings. He has won his last five fights. The last time he challenged for a UFC title and his last lost was against none other than Jose Aldo via 1st Rd KO back in January of 2012.
Staples Center hasn’t hosted a UFC card in two years, when former light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Brandon Vera.
Tickets for UFC 176 go on sale June 13.