All the major players participating in Saturday’s “UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes” extravaganza hit the podium Thursday at the Crystal Room of the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The presser was scheduled to start this morning at 10AM ET/7AM PT, but began about 30 minutes late.
UFC president Dana White was not present, so UFC executive Marhsall Zelaznik took his place at the stand. Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Vitor Belfort (Pictured) and Anthony Johnson also attended the Q&A session.
Aldo defends his featherweight crown against Mendes in Saturday night’s main event inside HSBC Arena in Rio. The pay-per-view broadcast airs live in North America at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
Please press the media player below to watch the press conference:
Here are the athletes slated to perform at UFC 142:
(Facebook 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mike Pyle vs. Ricardo Funch
Yuri Alcantara vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Terry Etim vs. Edson Barboza
Erick Silva vs. Carlos Prater
Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares
Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)