By: Tim Mutohfan
Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will be defending his UFC 145lb. title against Chad Mendes on October 25th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be the second meeting between the two best featherweights in the world. The two faced at UFC 142 in January 2012, again in Brazil. Aldo won via TKO in round 1.
Two light heavyweights trying to right their own ships after bad losses are Glover Texeira and Phil Davis. Both coming off dominant losses, Texeira to Jon Jones and Davis to Anthony Johnson, neither can afford another loss. Especially Phil Davis who is at best hoping to restore mediocrity, as for Glover he still has hopes of getting back into the 205 title picture. Must win fights are often both uplifting and soul crushing depending on who’s sense of urgency is greater and can come through when the chips are down.
The October 25th event added a flyweight fight to its card.
Scott Jorgensen was prepared to fight Henry Cejudo on the prelims of UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 (later added to Soto). And, in what seemed to be the trend on that particular event Cejudo couldn’t make weight, so he withdrew leaving Mr. Jorgensen with no opponent and off the fight card entirely. It was a shame for Scott, see as he is on the outside looking in at the top of the flyweight division.
But don’t mourn for Jorgensen too long, he has some new business coming up in October, that business being with Wilson Reis. The two will square off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the undercard of the event headlined by the second bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes for the UFC Featherweight title.
Jorgensen who had been hoping to get a rematch with Jussier Formiga, after their fight ended in controversy in March on the undercard of Shogun vs. Henderson 2 earlier this year. That will have to wait a little bit longer as a fight with Wilson Reis now occupies his time.
Wilson Reis is looking to win his second UFC fight in a row; he defeated Joby Sanchez in August at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos.
A light heavyweight battle was added to this ever growing event, as Fabio Maldonado will be squaring off with Hans Stringer.
Maldonado an eight fight UFC will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time since his TKO loss to Stipe Miocic in May on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale. Maldonado has a record of 4-4 in the UFC (21-7 overall).
This will be Stringer’s 2nd fight with the UFC; his first trip inside the Octagon was a successful one as he defeated Francimar Barroso via split decision in March on UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. Born in the Netherlands, Stringer has an impressive record of 22-5-3 (1-0 with the UFC).
Featherweights, Darren Elkins and Lucas Martins have been added to the October 25th event from Brazil.
Elkins whose last effert with the UFC was an unsuccessful one to Jeremy Stephens in January 2014 at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thompson. 30 year old Elkins is 17-4 in his MMA career (7-3 in the UFC).
Lucas Martins is riding a 3 fight win streak; his last win was of the KO variety over Alex White at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller back in July of 2014. Martin has worked his way to a record of 15-1 (3-1 in the UFC).
Decorated Jiu Jitsu practitioner Gilbert Burns has been added to this already fight filled event, he will be taking on UFC newcomer Christos Giagos
Three time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Gilbert Burns makes his second trip inside the Octagon on October 25th it will also be his first fight at lightweight with the UFC. His debut with the promotion was a victory at welterweight over Andreas Stahl at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown in July earlier this year.
Christos Giagos is 10-2 in his career. His 2 losses were by submission, which could be playing into the hands of the multi-time grappling champion’s hands.
UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2
UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Light Heavyweight: Glover Texeira vs. Phil Davis
Flyweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
Featherweight: Jeremy Stevens vs. Lucas Martins
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
Light Heavyweights: Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer.
Lightweight: Alan Patrick vs. Beneil Dariush
Welterweight: William Macario vs. Neil Magny
Lightweight: Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Lightweight: Fabricio Camoes vs. Josh Shockley
Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins
Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos