Aldo (20-1) has defended his UFC title twice in 2011, beating Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian by unanimous decision. A fighter out of Nova Uniao, Aldo will be competing on Brazilian soil for the first time since May 2007. Mendes (11-0), a talented wrestler fighting out of Team Alpha Male, holds victories against Michihiro Omigawa and Rani Yahya in the UFC.
On the UFC's return trip to Brazil, there's a Brazilian in every matchup. Check out the current UFC 142 card below.
Jose Aldo (Brazil) vs. Chad Mendes
Vitor Belfort (Brazil) vs. Anthony Johnson
Thiago Tavares (Brazil) vs. Sam Stout
Edson Barboza (Brazil) vs. Terry Etim
Fabio Maldonado (Brazil) vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Erick Silva (Brazil) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Rousimar Palhares (Brazil) vs. Mike Massenzio