Aldo vs Mendes II To Headline UFC 176

Published on May 5th, 2014 2:03 pm EST

Late last week the UFC announced that they will be making their return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 2nd.

As part of that announcement, the UFC revealed that Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes II is set to headline the card.

Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes met in the main event of UFC 142 in January of 2012. The fight, which took place in Brazil, ended just before the end of the first round after Aldo caught Mendes with a perfectly timed knee to the head. After the referee waved off the fight, Aldo ran into the crowd, creating one of the most memorable moments in UFC history.

Since that fight, Mendes has put together a five fight winning streak that has included wins over Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Darren Elkins, Clay Guida and Nik Lentz. With BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar fighting for the likely next shot at the Featherweight title holder, Mendes became the logical #1 contender.

Jose Aldo, on the other hand, has won three straight fights since he squared off against Mendes in 2012. Aldo's victories during that time have come against Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas. There were some who were critical of Aldo's performance against Lamas, but there is no denying that Aldo has not been in any trouble in any of his recent fights. There is a reason why Aldo is considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to knock out Mendes in spectacular fashion once again.

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There should be more fights added to this card over the coming days and weeks. I would expect some sort of high profile Light Heavyweight or Heavyweight fight in the co-main event and another fight with title implications in the #3 spot. The UFC always likes to load up their cards in Los Angeles due to the strong media presence.


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