“UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes” took place Saturday inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil.
Featherweight king Jose Aldo successfully defended his crown against Chad Mendes in the night’s featured contest. Aldo floored “Money” with a knee to the dome and followed up with two pinpoint shots to the face to end their scrap with only one tick remaining in the opening round.
After missing weight by a 11 astonishing pounds, Anthony Johnson was submitted by Vitor Belfort in the night’s co-featured contest.
Lightweight Edson Barboza provided the highlight-reel of the night by knocking Terry Etim unconscious with his spectacular spinning wheel kick.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Felipe Arantes Defeated Antonio Carvalho via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Pyle Defeated Ricardo Funch via TKO (Knee) at 1:22 in the 1stRound
Yuri Alcantara Defeated Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Gabriel Gonzaga Defeated Ednaldo Oliveira via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:22 in the 1stRound
Thiago Tavares Defeated Sam Stout via Unanimous Decision (Scores not announced)
Edson Barboza Defeated Terry Etim via KO (Spinning Wheel Kick) at 2:02 in the 3rdRound
Carlos Prater Defeated Erick Silva via Disqualification (Illegal strikes to the back of the head) at :21 in the 1stRound
Rousimar Palhares Defeated Mike Massenzio via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:03 in the 1stRound
Vitor Belfort Defeated Anthony Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:49 in the 1stRound
Jose Aldo Defeated Chad Mendes via KO (Knee) at 4:49 in the 1stRound (Aldo retains UFC featherweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Edson Barboza and Terry Etem ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Rousimar Palhares ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Edson Barboza ($65,000)
“When you fight in Brazil, it’s unlike fighting in any other place in the world. In a fight, you try things and hope they work. Tonight, it (the kick) worked. It’s something I’ve practiced a lot and I finally was able to land it hard. I’m happy with this outcome and you can expect more of that soon.”
“I’m not a judge. I didn’t stop the fight. All I know is that he hit me and it sent a shock of pain through my body unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I don’t know if the shots were legal. I just know it was unlike anything I’ve ever felt.”
“Everyone here knows that wasn’t intentional. I don’t know what else to say.”
“What a great victory! It’s what I always say when I get in there…if it’s God’s will then it is God’s will. I went in there and got it done. I like submissions and I got another one tonight.”
“A loss is a loss. My legs just got really tired. I didn’t get beat up in there and he really didn’t hurt me with what he hit me with. I just got tired. I’ve got to figure this thing out.”
“I didn’t stop the entire fight. He kept trying to take me down and I kept fighting it. ‘Make him quit.’ That was my goal and I did just that. I had the whole country (of Brazil) behind me and I could feel it in there tonight. Next to God and my family, my fans are one of the most important things to me. Rio, America, all over….I love my fans.”
“Jose is a great champion and he was the better man tonight. He showed why he’s one of the best fighters in the world. I knew it would be hard to take him down, but I kept trying. I tried to keep the pressure, but he is just so tough and his takedown defense is great. I wanted the title so bad.”
“This is the spirit I wanted to come out with tonight. The fans here gave me so much energy. We knew Chad was going to try to take me off my feet. We prepared for that and I had a chance to land the knee. It connected and I finished the fight. I was so overcome with emotion that I wanted to celebrate with my people.”