By: JOEY BLOOD
UFC 179 goes down tomorrow October 25th, 2014 at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The card is headlined by #2 UFC Pound for Pound fighter and #1 Featherweight and current 145 champion Jose Aldo. He will defend his belt for a 6th time as he faces #1 UFC Featherweight contender Chad Mendes. The Co- Main event features two top 10 light heavyweights as #4 Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira will square off against #6 Phil Davis.
UFC 142 was held on January 14th, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it was on that night Chad Mendes (16-1) 7-1 in UFC tasted defeat for the first time. As he was knocked out at 4:59 of the very first round, the man who accomplished that is Current UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (24-1 6-0 in UFC. This was Aldo’s 2nd title defense and he continues to amaze us as he seems pretty much unstoppable. With his elite striking, deadly leg kicks and the true heart of a champion. Jose Aldo has been on the top of the UFC’s pound for pound list for many years. We have never seen him in trouble and we will see this Saturday if he can continue his run of dominance and keep the gold around his waist. His opponent is no stranger though, as #1 UFC Featherweight Challenger Chad Mendes will get another crack at his long time rival Jose Aldo. Ever since loosing his first ever MMA fight back in 2012, Mendes looks like a whole different fighter. He is currently on a five fight win streak, with four of those wins are by way of KO/TKO. What we are seeing differently in “Money” is a fighter that has put everything together, when he first entered the UFC back in 2011 he was basically a wrestler. After his defeat he knew he had to make some changes in his fighting style. That’s where Duane Ludwing stepped in as the head coach for Team Alpha Male from December 2012 to May 2014 and since his arrival as coach, Chad Mendes has improved with his striking by leaps and bounds. As shown by his KO victories over Clay Guida, Darren Elkins and Cody McKenzie. We are starting to see a full elite fighter in Mendes and we will see tomorrow if he can bring another title to Team Alpha Male.
The Co-Main event is also a battle between a Brazilian and American as #4 Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira (22-3) 5-1 in UFC will face #6 Light Heavyweight Phil Davis (12-2-1) 8-1-1 in UFC. Both fighters are coming off Unanimous Decision looses at UFC 172 and both will be looking to get right back in the win circle. Ever since entering the UFC back in 2012 Glover Teixeria has showed true one punch knockout power as shown by his Tko victory over Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader and a world class submission game as showed by his wins over Kyle Kingsbury and James Te Huna. He earned a title shot against current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones back in April but lost a hard fought fight by Unanimous Decision. Being defeated is never a good feeling and Teixeria will try this Saturday to get a win over a top 10 fighter and show that he should not be overlooked and is still in talk of title contention. His opponent tomorrow is #6 Light Heavyweight Phil Davis. When Davis entered the UFC back in 2010 we immediately saw a man with elite wrestling skills and a top notch submission game. As victories over Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson and Antônio Rogério Nogueira show that he is ready for and can defeat true elite competition. Last time we saw him was at UFC 172 where he lost a Unanimous Decision victory over returning veteran Anthony Johnson. With always being at the tip top of the division Davis will look for a statement victory to show that he should be in the mix of title contention and a victory over a top 5 opponent will place him right at the top.
The middle fight on the card features two Light Heavyweight fighters as Fábio Maldonado (21-7) 4-4 in UFC will square off against Hans Stringer (22-5-3) 1-0 in UFC in what will be a great contest. Fábio Maldonado has always been a fan favorite with his world class boxing skills and a heart like not many other MMA fighters have. His victories over James McSweeney,Joey Beltran and Gian Villante show that he is a true test for anyone and you do not want him to get his rhythm going. His opponent will make his second appearance in the UFC this Saturday as Hans Stringer will try and take out a true veteran and make a name for himself. His last fight was his UFC debut back in March as he defeated Francimar Barroso by Split Decision and will try and make it 2-0 in his UFC career in Brazil at UFC 179.
The second fight on the Main Card features two experienced Featherweights as #12 Ranked Darren Elkins (17-4) 7-3 in UFC will face Lucas Martins (15-1) 3-1 in UFC. Darren Elkins since arriving to the UFC back in 2010 has showed great heart and a drive to always get better. We see with each fight there is always something different about him, he learns from his defeats and will not stop until he is the best of the best at 145. His last outing was against Lightweight Veteran Jeremy Stephens where he lost a Unanimous Decision. He will try and get a decisive victory this Saturday and a win will prove that he is ready for top 10 competition. His opponent in Lucas Martins is currently on a three fight win streak, two of those are by way of knockout. Most people don’t know much about Martins but a win over a real Veteran like Elkins in Brazil will show and prove that he should not be overlooked at 145 pounds.
Kicking off the Main Card is a fight of up and coming Lightweights. As Carlos Diego Ferreira (11-0) 2-0 in UFC will meet BeneilDariush(8-1) 2-1 in UFC inside the cage. Since coming to the UFC this year Ferreira has won three straight inside the octagon and we see a more improved fighter every time we see him fight. Most people only knew his as a submission guy but his last victory over Ramsey Nijem back in August showed that he also has knockout power, as we defeated the Ultimate Fighter Veteran by way of TKO in the 2nd round. He will try and make it four straight this Saturday and try and move one step closer to a title shot. His opponent in BeneilDariush entered the UFC this year as well and his UFC debut he defeated long time Veteran Charlie Brenneman by way of submission. Dariush has shown world class submission skills since entering the UFC and he will try and start a winning streak tomorrow in Brazil.
It all goes down this Saturday October 25th, 2014 in Brazil at UFC 179.