UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes Results/Med/Gate/Salaries/Recap

UFC 142 was a card I wasn’t really really excited about. Of coures, as is usual with these types of cards, I was amazed from start to finish. Great fights, great T/KO’s, controversy, missed weight and more controversy, plus a definitive win by the Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.

The night started out good with Arrantes vs. Carvalho, it was a solid bout. I want to see Carvalho tighten up his striking game, I think it’s all that was lacking from his game, with it I believe he would have taken the decision. Mike Pyle TKO’d Funch in the first minute and a half, nice way to start out a Pre Lim card. Alcantara showed us he’s improved and Omigawa showed us he hasn’t. Gonzaga gave the highly touted Oliveira his first loss in the Octagon™, going back to his strengths, utilizing his stand up to set up the submission. Curious to see how the ‘focused’ Gonzaga fares against the upper level of UFC HW’s.  Tavares and Stout took the fight to the judges, something I was surprosed by. Tavares kept Stout off balance, and ground out a nice decision victory. Stout came back in the third and almost finished Tavares, never count Stout out! Wonder who Tavares gets next, a step up, or lateral movement? As for Stout, I’m not sure where he goes next either. I thnk he’s safe from the Zuffa axe due to his strong performance, especially in the 3rd. Dana Loves fighters who leave it all in the cage when they know they’ve lost so far. That rounded out the Pre Lim card.

The main event started with Edson Barboza (my favorite last name in MMA) KO’ing Terry Etim into another realm of reality. The first round saw Etim getting the slight edge, coming into round 2 it was all Barboza, finishing the fight with an amazing, underutilized wheelhouse kick. If you didn’t see the fights, you have to see this highlight at the very least, it’s a thing of beauty. I’ve been a fan of Barboza for sometime, I’m still expecting big things from him in the LW division. Erick Silva did what may possibly be the Erick Silva signature, he came out and totally overwhelmed, dominated and crushed Carlo Prater into the Octagon™ mat in 29 seconds. Sadly, Mario Yamasaki made a terrible error (ref’s are human, I don’t hate on Mario, he just made a series of mistakes in this bout at Erick Silva’s expense, still respect Mario as a ref) calling the fight a DQ for strikes to the back of the head and awarding the win to a completely dazed Prater. Watching the instant replay from multiple angles, I feel it was a bad call, as does Dana White, who gave Erick Silva his win bonus and urged him to contes the ruling. Vitor Belfort did what I had hoped for all day, he defeated Anthony Rumble Johnson in the 1st round. Rumble as you may or may not know, came in 11lbs heavy for his debut at 185lbs. After missing weight 3 times at 170lb everyone thought this was a no brainer, apparently not. Vitor came in right on target, looks to me like Rumble needs to enlist the services of Mike Dolce.

It’s clear that Team Alpha Male just doesn’t have the Jose Aldo puzzle figured out just yet. Just as Erick Silva doesn’t have Mario Yamasaki figured out. Jose Aldo came out and exchanged leg kicks with Mendes (why would anyone want to trade kicks with Aldo?) before the fight got real interesting. As Mendes was trying to hold Aldo’s back, Aldo spun, and if you watch closely, held Mendes arm to bring him in, and delivered a beautiful knee to put Mendes on his back before finishing with 2 punches on the button while Mendes was flat on the canvas. A statement was made. Aldo owns the Featherweight division. Where he goes from here is anyone’s guess. Not sure who’s the #1 contender, or if Aldo will move up to face Frankie Edgar for the LW title. Decisions, decisions.

The salaries and gate probably won’t be announced. We will post the medical suspension when they are released.

PreLims:

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Preliminary card (Facebook)

  • Featherweight bout: Brazil Felipe Arantes vs. Canada Antonio Carvalho
    Arantes defeated Carvalho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). This bout was aired on the FX broadcast following the Gonzaga vs. Oliveira fight.

Preliminary card (FX)

  • Welterweight bout: Brazil Ricardo Funch vs. United States Mike Pyle
    Pyle defeated Funch via TKO (knee and punches) at 1:22 of round 1. This bout was aired on the PPV broadcast following the Aldo vs. Mendes fight.
  • Featherweight bout: Brazil Yuri Alcantara vs. Japan Michihiro Omigawa
    Alcantara defeated Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
  • Heavyweight bout: Brazil Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brazil Ednaldo Oliveira
    Gonzaga defeated Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:22 of round 1. This bout was aired on the PPV broadcast following the Funch vs. Pyle fight.
  • Lightweight bout: Brazil Thiago Tavares vs. Canada Sam Stout
    Tavares defeated Stout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). This bout was aired on the PPV broadcast following the Gonzaga vs. Oliveira fight.

Main card

  • Lightweight bout: Brazil Edson Barboza vs. England Terry Etim
    Barboza defeated Etim via KO (spinning wheel kick) at 2:02 of round 3.
  • Welterweight bout: Brazil Erick Silva vs. Brazil Carlo Prater
    Prater defeated Silva via disqualification (illegal blows to back of head) at 0:29 of round 1.
  • Middleweight bout: Brazil Rousimar Palhares vs. United States Mike Massenzio
    Palhares defeated Massenzio via submission (heel hook) at 1:03 of round 1.
  • Catchweight (197 lb) bout: Brazil Vitor Belfort vs. United States Anthony Johnson
    Belfort defeated Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:49 of round 1.
  • Featherweight Championship bout: Brazil José Aldo (c) vs. United States Chad Mendes
    Aldo defeated Mendes via KO (knee) at 4:59 of round 1 to retain the UFC Featherweight Championship.

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  • Fight of the Night: Brazil Edson Barboza vs. England Terry Etim
  • Knockout of the Night: Brazil Edson Barboza
  • Submission of the Night: Brazil Rousimar Palhares