The UFC was back in Brazil tonight with another title-fight and a main card full of interesting match-ups in the form of UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes! Unfolding live from Rio de Janeiro, the show was headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo successfully defending his title against undefeated takedown-machine Chad Mendes and also featured a co-headliner pitting popular regional star Vitor Belfort against hard-hitting wrestler Anthony Johnson.
Aldo held on to his belt after stuffing the bulk of Mendes’ takedown attempts, then landing a flush knee during a transition in the last few ticks of the fight’s opening frame. The 145-pound phenom quickly sprung on top of Mendes, landing a strike to end things and improve his record to 21-1.
Meanwhile, Belfort choked Johnson out after some vicious exchanges early on. With the defeat it is likely Johnson will be cut from the roster after missing weight entering the bout.
Read below for a full rundown of UFC 142 results:
Felipe Arantes def. Antonio Carvalho via Unanimous Decision
Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Funch via TKO Round 1
Yuri Alcantara def. Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Edinaldo Oliveira via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Thiago Tavares def. Sam Stout via Unanimous Decision
Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim via Knockout Round 3 (Spinning Heel-Kick)
Carlo Prater def. Erick Silva via DQ (Illegal Shots to Back of Head)
Rousimar Palhares def. Mike Massenzio via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Vitor Belfort def. Anthony Johnson via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes via Knockout Round 1 (Knee)