UFC 142 Extended Preview with Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes

First LastCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2012

After the success of the UFC's last trip to Brazil, they are returning again to the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro January 14 and bringing a stacked card filled with exciting strikers and submission artists. It will be headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Aldo will be taking on top contender Chad Mendes, who many consider to be his toughest test to date. In what could be Aldo's last fight in the 145-pound weight class, he will have to make a statement in his home country and defeat an undefeated fighter in the process.

In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will face former welterweight contender Anthony Johnson in a middleweight bout.

Belfort is coming off his first-round knockout victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama, while Johnson was last seen defeating Charlie Brenneman, also by first-round knockout.

During the last UFC card in Brazil, 11 of the 12 bouts ended with a Brazilian emerging victorious. The fighters on this card will be looking to make it perfect this time around.

Other main card bouts include Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio, Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater and Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim.