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UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes Bold Predictions

| January 11, 2012 | 1 Reply

Less than five months since making their triumphant return to Brazil the UFC comes to the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro for UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes. Like before the card is stacked with local fighters and headlined by a Brazilian champion defending his title. Jose Aldo makes his third title defense of his UFC featherweight title against the undefeated Chad Mendes.

Headlining his First UFC card, Aldo comes in riding a 13 fight winning streak and believes his previous fight with Mendes’ coach gives him an advantage. “Chad’s style of fighting is very similar to Urijah Faber’s. The height, the wrestling, the way they move…they are very similar. Mendes is younger than Faber, but it’s basically the same type of fight for me. I will defeat Chad Mendes,” said the champion.

Mendes though believes his strong wrestling background that helped him win 11 in a row and rise to the top of the division is the key. “Jose Aldo is a great champion, but I don’t think he’s fought anybody with the athleticism, the strength, and the wrestling background that I have. I don’t shoot; I blast people of their feet with my takedowns. I’m going to go to Brazil and I’m going to take that belt from Aldo. I’m the next featherweight champion of the world. It happens for me this Saturday and it is time to prove myself,” said the challenger.

The night’s co-main event with feature TUF: Brazil coach Vitor Belfort taking on Anthony Johnson, who will be making his middleweight debut. Johnson was 7-3 at welterweight but always seemed to have trouble making 170 lbs. and now looks to make a big splash at 185 pounds. Belfort is coming off his first round knockout win against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 and looks to defend to home turf.

The five bout main card will air on Pay Per View, but the nights undercard will open with one bout on before debuting on FX with four more fights. Overall the 10 fights on the card will feature 12 Brazilian fighters that will have the fans going crazy from opening bell to the final hand being raised.

Looking to bounce back from last week’s picks, behold our UFC 142 predictions.

Main card (PPV)

145 lbs. Championship: Chad Mendes will defeat José Aldo (C) by Unanimous Decision

185 lbs.: Anthony Johnson will defeat Vitor Belfort by 1st rd. KO

185 lbs.: Rousimar Palhares will defeat Mike Massenzio by 2nd rd. submission

170 lbs.: Erick Silva will defeat Carlo Prater by Unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Edson Barboza will defeat Terry Etim by Split Decision

Preliminary card (FX)

155 lbs.: Sam Stout will defeat Thiago Tavares

265 lbs.: Ednaldo Oliveira will defeat Gabriel Gonzaga

145 lbs.: Yuri Alcantara will defeat Michihiro Omigawa

170 lbs.: Mike Pyle will defeat Ricardo Funch

Preliminary card (Facebook)

145 lbs.: Antonio Carvalho will defeat Felipe Arantes

At least weeks Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine we went an average 5-4 with are bold predictions. Not to make any excuses for the performance but there were a few questionable calls from the judges and refs that hurt the predictions.

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  1. Allen Gibson says:

    Whoever made that aldo mendes prediction is a fool……………..I dont think any145 or 155 pounder could beat aldo……

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