A featherweight title rematch between current champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes has been announced as the main event for UFC 176 on August 2nd in Los Angeles.
The two men have fought once before in Brazil back in January of 2012 with ‘Money’ Mendes looking to have made a good account of himself in the opening round before Aldo turned the fight on it’s head by breaking free from his clinch and landing a knockout blow with his knee just a second before the end of the round.
Since then Aldo has continued to be the dominant force at 145lbs, beating three more challengers for his belt and is currently No.2 on the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings.
Mendes bounced back well from the first defeat of his professional career though and put together a five fight unbeaten run that’s most notable for the fact that his own striking game seems to finally have clicked into place, with four out of those five wins coming by way of either TKO or KO.
That makes him the definitive No.1 contender in the featherweight division and he certainly would appear to have the skillset that’s most likely to trouble Aldo in the division at this moment in time.
Aldo Vs Mendes is currently the only fight confirmed for the L.A event.