UFC 179 Preview and Odds – Aldo vs. Mendes

The main event during UFC 179 Saturday night is a rematch for the Featherweight Title as Jose Aldo defends his belt against Chad Mendes. Aldo is looking for a ninth straight title defense. The event is taking place in Rio de Janeiro and features five fights on the main card and six other preliminaries. We have the odds for all of the fights, below.

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The main event during UFC 179 Saturday night is a rematch for the Featherweight Title as Jose Aldo defends his belt against Chad Mendes. Aldo is looking for a ninth straight title defense. The event is taking place in Rio de Janeiro and features five fights on the main card and six other preliminaries. We have the odds for all of the fights, below.

In January 2012, Aldo earned a first round KO of Mendes by way of a vicious knee. That was the fifth of his eight straight title defenses. Since beating Mike Brown for the title in late 2009, Aldo has earned five decisions, winning by KO twice and TKO once. In his last bout in February, he earned a unanimous decision against Ricardo Lamas. Aldo only has one blemish on his record, a 2005 submission loss against Luciano Azevedo. At the time, Aldo was fighting as a Lightweight.

Aldo is favored to hold onto the title on Saturday night, sitting at -230 in the moneyline.

Apart from his 2012 loss to Aldo, Mendes is unbeaten in 17 fights. Since the setback almost two years ago, the California native is 5-0 with three TKO’s, one KO, and, most recently, a unanimous decision against Nik Lentz. Each of this last two fights (the win over Lentz and a TKO against Clay Guida) lasted three rounds. His prior four bouts all ended in the first round. Mendes is +190 against Aldo.

On the undercard, 22-3 Glover Teixeira faces 12-2 Phil Davis. Teixeira won 20 straight fights before losing via decision in a Light Heavyweight Championship fight against Jon Jones in April at UFC 172. On that same UFC 172 card, Davis lost a decision against Anthony Johnson. Three months later, Johnson turned around and put together the “Performance of the Night” with a first round TKO against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Teixeira is a -325 favorite and you can get +265 with Davis.

Leading up to the main event, Diego Ferreira will look to stay unbeaten against 8-1 Beneil Dariush. Ferreira improved to 11-0 when he earned a second round TKO of Ramsey Nijem on August 30. Dariush’s lone loss came against Nijem in April. He bounced back to earn a second round victory by submission against Tony Martin in August. Ferreira is -200 while Dariush is +170.

The odds for the remainder of the card:

Gilbert Burns (-330) vs. Christos Giagos (+270)

Fabricio Camoes (-130) vs. Tony Martin (+110)

Neil Magny (-245) vs. William Macario (+205)

Yan Cabral (-600) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (+450)

Wilson Reis (-155) vs. Scott Jorgensen (+135)

Andre Fili (-120) vs. Felipe Arantes (+100)

Fabio Maldonado (-150) vs. Hans Stringer (+130)

Darren Elkins (-175) vs. Lucas Martins (+155)

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