At Saturday’s post-fight UFC on FOX 12 press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo Jr and Chad Mendes will take place in Brazil in October.
Although the exact date and location was not confirmed, it is expected that the fight will headline UFC 179 that is currently scheduled for October 25 in Rio de Janeiro.
The rematch was to have originally taken place at UFC 176 in Los Angeles on August 2 but the bout (and consequently the entire card) was pushed after Aldo suffered a neck injury during his training.
While Mendes was angling to have the fight hosted in the U.S., the UFC really didn’t have any other open spots available with most of the other dates already filled, especially with the announcement of UFC 178: Jones vs. Cormier in September.
In their last featherweight fight, Aldo knocked Mendes out with a knee in the opening round. Since the match, Mendes has won his last five fights, with four finishes. His last win was over Nik Lentz on December 14.
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