“UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes” took place Saturday inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil.
The Octagon’s return to Brazil featured a featherweight title bout between champ Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. A thrilling middleweight shootout with Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson served as the night’s co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Felipe Arantes Defeated Antonio Carvalho via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Arantes slips as he attempts a head kick and Carvalho ends up in half-guard. Carvalho is smothering him and transitions to full-mount. Arantes fights to his feet. Arantes tags him with a flying knee to the face. Carvalho, 10-9.
2ndRound: Standup affair to start the stanza, with neither fighter landing anything of significance. Carvalho has him pressed against the cage. Arantes surges forward and lands several shots. He follows up with a head kick. Carvalho, 10-9.
3rdRound: Arantes connects on a punch-kick combo. Arantes takes him down and lands in his guard. Arantes opens up a cut above his eye with an elbow. He’s starting to unload with some nice ground-and-pound. Carvalho finally gets back to his feet. Arantes, 10-9 and rallies to win the scrap, 29-28.
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Mike Pyle Defeated Ricardo Funch via TKO (Knee) at 1:22 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Pyle lands a straight right and follows up with a Thai clinch knee to the grill. Funch drops to the mat and Pyle is bringing the pain. It’s a wrap.
Yuri Alcantara Defeated Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Omigawa eats an early knee to the midsection. Alcantara connects on a big left hand. Alcantara stuns him with a spinning-back fist and pounces. He takes his back. Omigawa survives and reverses to take top position. Alcantara locks in an armbar just as the horn blares. Did he tap? Nope… Alcantara, 10-9.
2ndRound: Alcantara floors him with a right hand and he ends up on top. He methodically takes his back halfway through the round. Alcantara almost secured a rear-naked choke, but Omigawa escapes. Alcantara, 10-9.
3rdRound: Alcantara appears gassed and Omigawa senses it. Omigawa takes him down but isn’t unleashing anything as if he’s down 0-2. Alcantara gets a sweep and ends up in full-mount as the horn sounds. Alcantara, 10-9, takes all three rounds to win, 30-27.
Gabriel Gonzaga Defeated Ednaldo Oliveira via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:22 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Not much action in the first two minutes of the heavyweight tango. Gonzaga grabs a leg and puts him on his back. Oliveira works his way back up for a second, but gets slammed back down. Gonzaga locks in a rear-naked choke and Oliveira is forced to cry uncle.
Thiago Tavares Defeated Sam Stout via Unanimous Decision (Scores not announced)
1stRound: Tavares secures a brief takedown, but Stout gets back to his feet. The Brazilian clinches him against the cage and trips him to the mat. Stout wall-walks but gets slammed back down for his troubles. Stout avoids a guillotine choke. Stout tags him with a right to the head and left hook to the body. Tavares, 10-9.
2ndRound: Stout thwarts a takedown attempt. Tavares eats a body shot and responds with a head kick that cut Stout behind the ear. Very close round to score. Tavares, 10-9.
3rdRound: Tavares takes an accidental shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Stout stuffs another takedown attempt. Tavares lands another nice leg kick. He nails the Canadian with a right hook. Stout stuns him with a right hand and is unleashing nasty shots as the bell rings. I believe it was too little too late, though. Stout, 10-9 but loses the fight 29-28.
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Edson Barboza Defeated Terry Etim via KO (Spinning Wheel Kick) at 2:02 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Etim takes him down for a split second, but Barboza sweeps him off and they are back to their feet. Barboza tags him with a powerful leg kick. And another. Etim’s takedown gets stuffed. Barboza scores with a one-two combo. The Brazilian nails him with a spinning-back kick. Barboza, 10-9.
2ndRound: It appears the leg kicks have affected Etim’s strategy, as the Brit isn’t moving as fluidly as he typically does. Barboza connects on another thunderous leg kick. Etim gets him with a head kick and follows up with a right hand. Etim takes him down for a brief moment. Barboza scores with a one-two combo to the body. Barboza, 10-9.
3rdRound: Not too much action in the final stanza. Etim certainly isn’t coming out with a sense of desperation. Barboza unleashes a spinning wheel kick to the head and Etim drops like a sack of rocks!!! Game. Set. Match, Barboza.
Carlo Prater Defeated Erick Silva via Disqualification (Illegal strikes to the back of the head) at :21 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Silva folds him over with a knee to the body and lays the lumber on the ground. It’s over. Whoa, referee Mario Yamasaki has just disqualified Silva for hitting Prater in the back of the head.
UFC president Dana White just tweeted, “BS call for Erick Silva.”
Rousimar Palhares Defeated Mike Massenzio via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:03 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Massenzio takes a shot to the groin. Game on. Palhares grabs a hold of his right leg and locks in a heel hook. Massenzio taps within seconds.
Vitor Belfort Defeated Anthony Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:49 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Belfort gets tripped to the canvas after missing a head kick and Johnson lands on top. Johnson stands over him and dives in with a big right hand. They get stood back up. Johnson working hard for another takedown. He finally puts Belfort down but they get stood back up. Referee Dan Miragliotta is not having it, as he’s separated them due to inactivity three times – arguably a little too fast, though. Belfort’s right eye is swelling shut. Belfort takes his back and is attempting a rear-naked choke. He’s dropping bombs in the meantime. “The Phenom” locks in the submission and Johnson is forced to tap.
Jose Aldo Defeated Chad Mendes via KO (Knee) at 4:49 in the 1stRound (Aldo retains UFC featherweight title)
1stRound: Mario Yamasaki is reffing the main event. Yes, the same Yamasaki of Erick Silva vs. Carlos Prater fame… Aldo lands a couple of solid leg kicks to start the championship affair. He easily stuffs Mendes’ takedown attempt. Mendes tries to get a hold of a leg and eats an uppercut for his troubles. Mendes gets a body lock and tries to slam him down, but Aldo holds the fence and gets a warning. Aldo drops Mendes with a vicious knee to the mug. He unleashes a couple of pinpoint punches on the canvas and the fight is called with a second remaining in the round. Aldo storms out of the Octagon and runs into the stands to celebrate with his fellow Brazilians.