The UFC has a long history with Brazil. The Gracie family started the promotion with the Semaphore Entertainment Group to showcase their style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the country has played host to the most cards outside of the United States with 25. Two years ago, the promotion arrived in Rio de Janeiro for an incredible night of fights. Headlined by a featherweight title fight, there were plenty of great moments that came from #UFC179.
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2
#JoseAldo and #ChadMendes first met at UFC 142 where Aldo landed a beautiful knee to finish the fight in the first round. The two were set to meet again at UFC 176, but Aldo pulled out with a neck injury, forcing the fight to be pushed back. The contest was competitive, but Aldo was never in danger of losing his belt. The Brazilian was unable to finish Mendes, but took the unanimous decision with a score of 49-46 from all three judges. Though the win was impressive for Aldo, the real story is that this would be the last time he would hold the belt inside the Octagon. He did not fight again until UFC 194 where #ConorMcGregor knocked him out in 13 seconds. Currently the interim featherweight champion, Aldo is attempting to negotiate his release from his UFC contract.
Phil Davis Earns Final UFC Win
#PhilDavis was always a contender in the UFC's light heavyweight division, but could never make the jump to champion. Despite that, he was in several exciting fights, including this one. Davis went into enemy territory to face one-time title contender #GloverTeixeira, and dominated for three rounds. He convincingly defeated the Brazilian, taking a unanimous decision of 30-27 across the board. This was the last win Davis would log in the UFC. After one more fight against Ryan Bader, he moved to #Bellator where he's found plenty of success. He will be fighting Liam McGeary for the light heavyweight championship on November 4 at #Bellator163.
Neil Magny Makes UFC History
#NeilMagny has always been a grinder in the UFC. He consistently takes fights on short notice, and is always ready to take the call to fight. That mindset helped him earn a spot in the record books in 2014, as he tied the record for most wins in a calendar year with five. Magny took on William Macário at UFC 179 as the featured prelim. The fight was nearly left in the hands of the judges until Magny secured a third round TKO victory to tie the record.
He nearly repeated the performance in 2015, but came up just short with a 4-1 record that year. He is going to finish off 2016 with a fight on the #UFC207 card against former UFC welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks.
Brazil has given us so many great moments, and there are plenty more to come. The UFC will next touch down in the Sao Paolo on November 19 for UFC Fight Night 100. Hopefully, more history can be made that will have us talking years down the road.