Now, not only does this fight match two of the planet’s best 145’ers up against one another, it’s a rematch between a couple of guys who don’t seem to like each other very much. If you’re unaware, Aldo KO’d Mendes in the opening round of their first encounter, which went down in January, 2012.
Since then, Mendes has stormed through five more opponents to lock up another fight with the highly regarded champ. Aldo, on the other hand, has defeated the belt three more times by scoring wins over Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas.
It’s a big fight, and if Aldo loses, Brazil will no longer hold any of the UFC’s championships…
UFC 179 will go down in Rio de Janeiro on October 25th and will be available via pay-per-view. You can watch the “Countdown” episode below.