UFC AFTERMATH: UFC 179: Aldo vs Mendes 2
Jose Aldo (C) def. Chad Mendes via unanimous decision (49-46/49-46/49-46)
UFC Featherweight Championship (145 lbs) (Fight of the Night)
A Fight of the Year candidate! Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes more than lived up to their hyped rematch as the two exchanged blows in a what was mostly a stand-up battle for the entirety of the fight. Chad Mendes displayed vastly improved striking hurting and wobbling the champ on numerous occasions only for Aldo to furiously come back and win the end of rounds emphatically. There was an after-the-bell hit from Aldo that cost some controversy but when all was said and done, the champion proved his mettle and his stake at being the best P4P fighter.
What’s next for Chad Mendes?
Chad Mendes put on an admirable performance going toe-to-toe with Aldo and even rocking him a few times. Despite the scorecards, the fight was a lot closer and a third title shot for Mendes isn’t out of the question though it’ll probably be a long time. The loser of the Cub Swanson/Frankie Edgar fight could be his next opponent.
What’s next for Jose Aldo?
Jose Aldo silenced his critics and defended his belt for the seventh time in the UFC and ninth overall beginning WEC. Only Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva have defended a belt more times. Aldo has all-but cleaned out his division. His next most likely opponent is a rematch with the winner of the Cub Swanson/Frankie Edgar bout although there’s a chance the Notorious One, Conor McGregor slips in first.
Phil Davis def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)
Light Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs)
In the co main event, “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis completely steamrolled Glover Teixeira en route to a dominant 30-27 decision; Davis took Teixeira down at will (nine times out of 18 attempts) and outstruck him 109 to 14. It was possibly the most lopsided affair of the evening.
What’s next for Glover Teixeira?
Teixeira looked horrible. He came out flat with no particular game plan as Phil Davis had his way with him. Teixeira should still be ranked in the top ten but it’s unclear who he fights next. The loser of the Shogun Rua/Jimi Manuwa fight for a future Brazil card makes sense.
What’s next for Phil Davis?
Davis arguably had his most impressive victory by mauling the former title challenger even worse than Jones did on the ground. Still, Davis didn’t show anything new or an improved striking game that would set him up with a title shot or a (crazy) fight with Anderson Silva. He’ll likely get fellow American wrestler, Ryan Bader in featured main card fight.
Fabio Maldonado def. Hans Stringer via TKO (punches) (Rd 2 – 4:05)
Light Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs) (Performance of the Night)
What could’ve been a fun boxing fight turned into a pretty grinding affair. Maldonado eventually put away a totally spent Stringer by the mid second round and would earn the postfight bonus. Maldonado showed heart again in what was otherwise a terrible fight.
What’s next for Hans Stringer?
Stringer looked terrible, to put it simply. The Blackzilian worked his gameplan early but soon fell apart by the second. He’ll look to forget that fight and rebound and could potentially fight Ilir Latifi in the UFC’s next foray into Europe.
What’s next for Fabio Maldonado?
The fan favourite has now won four consecutive fights at light heavyweight after having lost three straight prior. He’s considered a top-15 light heavyweight but hasn’t beaten anyone within that range. The Ovince St. Preux/Francimar Barroso winner could be his next test.
Darren Elkins def. Lucas Martins via split decision (30-27/27-30/30-27)
Featherweight Bout (145 lbs)
The grappler outgrinds the striker; Darren Elkins used his wrestling to grind-out a victory from Lucas Martins. Elkins only finished one of his 14 takedown attempts but spent a good deal of time pushing Martins into the cage and controlling the fight. Martins however did more damage and made best of the few shots he got. Tough fight.
What’s next for Lucas Martins:
“Mineiro” hit a temporary bump but should still be considered a bright prospect with only his second loss and to another top 15 talent. He’ll likely get slightly lower competition. He could meet Robbie Peralta who is a mid-tier slugger also coming off a loss to a grappler.
What’s next for Darren Elkins?
Darren Elkins got the W and is now 7-2 overall in the featherweight division; still, his style of winning isn’t earning him any popularity and he’ll continue to hover the lower top-15 range of fighters. Nik Lentz is close to Elkins’s area both in skill and rank and he could be next.
Beneil Dariush def. Carlos Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs)
Ferreira and Dariush started off what could’ve been a great tilt between two lightweight prospects but what it turned out was a pretty one-sided decision for Dariush who outscored the Brazilian everywhere out-landing him 54 to 24 and finishing all three of his takedowns.
What’s next for Carlos Diego Ferreira?
Ferreira lost all the momentum he had going in with a flattening loss; the Brazilian may get a step back to regroup and show more promise. He may get a newcomer in a local card to set him up for success again or if not, Efrain Escudero could pose a decent comeback fight for him.
What’s next for Beneil Dariush?
Dariush won over the hyped local hero but didn’t look too amazing doing it; he should be considered on the rise and could meet another mid-tier opponent like Mitch Clarke or take on another rising prospect in Gilbert Burns.
Neil Magny def. William “Patolino” via TKO (punches) (Rd 3 – 2:40)
Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)
In the feature fight of the prelims, Magny took Patolino’s aggressive striking in the opening round to eventually grind him out to a TKO. Magny was the significantly larger and longer fighter. He was the more experienced as Patolino couldn’t answer his ground game.
What’s next for William Patolino?
Patolino lost the same way he lost his UFC debut to Leonardo Santos: by tiring out and losing the ground game. The TUF Brazil 2 alum is still going to earn more fights with the UFC in Brazil. Amir Sadollah, another high-profile TUF alum coming off a loss would be a good follow-up.
What’s next for Neil Magny?
Magny made MMA history by being only the second UFC fighter to win five fights in one calendar year. Donald Cerrone who? This should elevate Magny’s status quite a bit and he should get a top-15 opponent at least. Ryan Flare or Rick Story sound like the most plausible.
Yan Cabral def. Naoyuki Kotani via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd 2 – 3:05)
Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)
Yan Cabral made an impressive debut at lightweight at the expense of Naoyuki Kotani. The fight went back-and-forth to begin the fight until Cabral opened up Kotani and eventually overpowered the Japanese fighter to sink in the choke beautifully.
What’s next for Naoyuki Kotani?
Cut. The Japanese import has lost his two fights since returning to the UFC and is 0-4 overall with them. In both fights he got finished, one by TKO and now by submission. He’s out.
What’s next for Yan Cabral?
The TUF Brazil 2 competitor called out Kotani’s ground game, a ballsy move considering Kotani had more submission victories (25) than Cabral had pro fights (12). Cabral looks great at lightweight and will continue to climb the steep division. Vinc Pichel is a grappler that’d make a solid test for Cabral
Wilson Reis def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (arm-triangle choke) (Rd 1 – 3:28)
Catchweight Bout (128 lbs)
What’s next for Scott Jorgensen?
It’s looking very bleak for the UFC/WEC mainstay; Jorgensen has now lost six of his last eight fights. Even if they are mostly to top competitions, that’s not a good look for anyone. Still, he could get one more fight to keep his job. Josh Sampo, another reeling flyweight vet could be his next opponent
What’s next for Wilson Reis?
Wilson Reis had his most impressive victory with the UFC and has now won seven of his last eight fights. The Brazilian probably earned himself a spot in the top 15 and will get a fighter in there. The winner of Brad Pickett/Chico Camus on UFC Fight Night 57 could be who’s next.
Andre Fili def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)
Featherweight Bout (145 lbs)
The TV prelims kicked off with a competive fight between Team Alpha Male fighter, Andre Fili and Felipe Arantes; the back-and-forth affair saw Fili outland Arantes 66-43 and finish five of his eight takedown attempts for the judges’ favour
What’s next for Felipe Arantes?
The Brazilian was overmatched against a top featherweight prospect and should see a lower-tier opponent probably in the next Brazilian undercard. He’ll get a newcomer or someone like Mark Eddiva or Charles Rosa, two entertaining undercard fighters coming off losses
What’s next for Andre Fili?
Andre Fili rebounded in a big way after being momentarily derailed by Max Holloway; a top-15 opponent may still be a fight away but for the meantime, Edimilson “Kevin” Souza might make for a very exciting feature bout in the next California or Brazil card
Gilbert Burns def. Christos Giagos via submission (armbar) (Rd 1 – 4:57)
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs) (Performance of the Night)
The highly-touted World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion took on a very game Christo Giagos; Burns eventually managed to secure an armbar and finished off Giagos just before the round ended making several adjustments to fend off Giagos’s admirable attempts at defending the armbar
What’s next for Christos Giagos
It’s rare the UFC cuts a new fighter after one loss especially against a phenom like Burns; Giagos has an exciting style and plenty of heart and will likely get another prelim fight with a newcomer or another fighter coming off a loss like Kajan Johnson or James Moontasri
What’s next for Gilbert Burns
The Brazilian prodigy is still undefeated at 9-0 and looked even more impressive at lightweight; he can likely get a featured bout in a Brazilian card against higher-level competition; look no further than Beneil Dariush who won his fight on the same night
Tony Martin def. Fabricio Camões via submission (kimura) (Rd 1 – 4:16)
Catchweight Bout (158 lbs)
On a potential “loser leaves UFC” fight, Tony Martin utterly dominated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt seizing top position and snatching Camões’s arm en route to getting the tap
What’s next for Fabricio Camões?
Camões has now lost three fights in a row, two in the first round; he’s likely on his way out with a total UFC record of 1-3
What’s next for Tony Martin?
Before this big win, Martin had lost his first two fights and was in the chopping block as well; this dominant performance should earn him another fight in the prelims most likely against a newcomer or a journeyman such as Paul Felder or Francisco Trevino