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“UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes” Roster Filling Up Again

Written by Tom Ngo
December 18th, 2011
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After watching four fighters withdraw from “UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes” with various injuries on Friday, the organization wasted no time in finding replacements.

As previously reported, Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictured) will replace Rob Broughton and take on Ednaldo Oliveira in a heavyweight affair. In addition, the UFC has announced Mike Pyle will now face Ricardo Funch instead of Paulo Thiago and Carlos Prater will serve as a substitute for Siyar Bahadurzada to battle Erick Silva.

Stanislav Nedkov has also pulled out of his clash with Fabio Maldonado, but the company has yet to locate a suitable alternate for Maldonado.

The HSBC Arena in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil hosts the January 14th fiesta. A featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.

Here is the card’s updated lineup:

Preliminary Bouts:

(FX)

Fabio Maldonado vs. TBD

Mike Pyle vs. Ricardo Funch

Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Yuri Alcantara vs. Michihiro Omigawa

Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho

Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares

Main Bouts:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Erick Silva vs. Carlos Prater

Terry Etim vs. Edson Barboza

Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares

Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson

Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)

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