The UFC’s featherweight champion Jose Aldo will headline the promotion’s return to Rio De Janeiro on January 14th where he’ll defend his title against No.1 contender Chad ‘Money’ Mendes. delivered the news earlier today:

“After the success of UFC Rio in August, UFC officials promised that they would stage another event in the country as soon as possible. That return has now been confirmed as UFC 142, to be held January 14 in a to-be-named Brazilian city.

Besides the date, a title-fight main event was also confirmed.

Pound-for-pound superstar Jose Aldo will fight in Brazil for the first time since 2007 when he defends his UFC featherweight title against unbeaten powerhouse Chad Mendes.”

Aldo has so far successfully defended his 145lb title twice during his UFC tenure against Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian after making the transition from the WEC in January.  So far he’s not yet shown the spectacular form that he showed in that promotion, but with his home fans behind him 2012 may be his chance to shine.

That’ll be easier said than done against Mendes however.  A product of the ‘Team Alpha Male’ camp alongside the likes of Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez, the wrestler so far has amassed a perfect 11-0 record including wins over Rani Yahya and Michihiro Omigawa in the UFC this year.

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