UFC 179 Preview

ufc_179The UFC is back from a brief break as they return to Brazil in yet another rematch pay-per-view in what has become a theme for the UFC. The last few pay-per-views have been all about revenge for many of the main event and that is the case for UFC 179. The main event will feature the man who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound in the world against one of his many wins. Jose Aldo has ruled the Featherweight Division ever since the start of the Featherweight division in the UFC. Aldo was given the belt in 2011 after coming into the UFC as one of the best fighters in the world. With Anderson Silva claiming that Aldo was the best fighter in the world it was clear that he was a special fighter and his ability helped him earn the first Featherweight title in UFC history. The hype surrounding Aldo proved to be real as he began his run in the new division. His third title defence would match him against a member of one of the best lighter weight camps in the USA. Chad Mendes came into the title challenge as someone many considered to be the first true challenge of the champion’s career as the Featherweight title holder. Mendes was not the challenger they though he could be though as the UFC 149 matchup only lasted one round. Mendes started off the fight in good form with solid leg kicks and a clear strategy to take the fight to the ground. Mendes found that a lot tougher than he expected though only getting the fight to the ground once. While getting up from that one takedown Mendes took a big knee that sent him to the mat and forced the referee to stop the fight. It was a quick win and became one of the iconic images of Aldo’s rein as Featherweight champion. After the win Aldo ran into the Brazilian crowd to celebrate the win with his home fans. The moment became an image that is used almost constantly when speaking of Aldo. It is also likely the motivation that Mendes has used every day since that loss. That motivation seems to be working well for Mendes who has not lost a fight since the loss to Aldo. The championship loss seems to have motivated Mendes to become a better fight in every aspect of his game. He has looked like a different fighter since that time and has gone on a 5-fight win streak beating some of the top fighters in the division. That win streak has also included four knockouts which has quickly become a staple for Team Alpha Male. With the addition of Duane Ludwig in 2012 gave the entire team a boost in their stand-up games and made them that much better. Ludwig has long been given credit for the rise of TJ Dillashaw to Bantamweight champion although he is no longer with the team instead focusing on his own gym. Mendes now gets his shot to take back that loss on his record in front of another hostile crowd in Brazil. He will still have to beat a champion considered to be the best in the UFC right now in Aldo. The fight itself will be a matchup of a BJJ practitioner with devastating leg kicks against a wrestler with an upgrading boxing game. Both have similar skill sets but do not fight the same way. Although Aldo won the first fight between these two he will not be facing the same fighter. Mendes will not be exclusively looking for the takedown this time around as his improved stand-up should give him the confidence to stay on the feet with Aldo for longer. If he can get inside and avoid the leg kicks of Aldo he could land a big punch to end the fight. Then again Aldo is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC and to think that he isn’t comfortable wherever the fight goes would be a mistake. The fight will be closer than it was the last time around but the result will be much the same as Aldo remains the champion after a five-round battle that will result in a unanimous decision.

The co-main event of the night will be less about revenge between the two fighters like in the main event and more about trying to get revenge for a loss. Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira will both be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight after their rising careers were halted in their last fights. Teixeira was a title contender earlier this year when he headlined a pay-per-view for the light heavyweight title. Teixeira was widely considered the fighter that could challenge Jon Jones for the title as a powerful boxer that had one-punch knockout power and had yet to be beat. That power did not help out a lot in his match against Jones taking the unanimous decision loss and ending his road to the title. The loss only dropped him to the #4 spot in the division as he still has a shot at moving his way up the rankings and back to the title. After six months off Teixeira gets back to fighting and will take on another fighter that was on his way up the rankings. Phil Davis seemed like he was set to make a run at the title after putting together three straight wins. All he needed to do was add a few more names to the list and his date with Jones was going to be booked. Then came Anthony Johnson who beat Davis in a unanimous decision win in April and ended the run at the title. He is back at it now looking to recover from the loss against a former #1 contender. The matchup is a classic one as Davis will look to take the fight to the ground and use his wrestling to win while Teixeira will try to stay standing. The difference in both of their games is evident and it will come down to which fighter can push his style onto the other. Whoever does that will take the win and get back on track in their pursuit of Jon Jones and the light heavyweight title.


Fight Card

Main Event:
José Aldo “Junior” vs. Chad “Money” Mendes [Featherweight Title] (Pay-per-View)

Main Card:
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis vs. Glover Teixeira (Pay-per-View)

Fábio “Caipira de Aço” Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer (Pay-per-View)

Darren “The Damage” Elkins vs. Lucas “Mineiro” Martins (Pay-per-View)

Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Beneil “Benny” Dariush (Pay-per-View)

William “Patolino” Macário vs. Neil Magny (UFC Fight Pass)

Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani (UFC Fight Pass)

Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis (UFC Fight Pass)

Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes vs. Andre “Touchy” Fili (UFC Fight Pass)

Christos “The Spartan” Giagos vs. Gilbert “Durinho” Burns (UFC Fight Pass)

Fabricio “Morango” Camões vs. Tony Martin (UFC Fight Pass)

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