Jose Aldo outlasted featherweight challenger Chad Mendes en route to a unanimous decision five-round victory and a successful defence of his UFC belt.
All three judges scored the fight 49-46 for the champion.
Both men had their opportunities to finish each other, and the fight was without moments of controversy.
Mendes looked much improved from their UFC 142 encounter, utilizing the fast footwork, strikes and legkicks of his Team Alpha Male teammate TJ Dillashaw.
He stood in the pocket and forced the action, usually a dangerous tactic with Aldo.
But ultimately, Aldo used precision striking to respond to Mendes’ pressure.
Aldo and Mendes secured the Fight of the Night, while Fabio Maldonado and Gilbert Burns secured Performance of the Night honours. Each fighter secured a $50,000 USD bonus.
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FABRICIO “MORANGO” CAMOES VS TONY MARTIN
NOTE: BOTH FIGHTERS MISSED WEIGHT
WISEMAN PREDICTION: FABRICIO CAMOES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: TONY MARTIN VIA SUBMISSION
Wiseman: As I said in my prediction, it wasn’t in Camoes’ best interest to go to the mat with Martin. Now he knows since it only took 44 seconds for Martin to be able to clamp on a submission. Martin uses everything to get things to the mat quickly and tonight was no different. Martin is a complete savage on the mat, so it’s just not wise to go there with him regardless of how comfortable or confident one may be about their own ground game. Fantastic showing once again by Martin.
GILBERT ” DURINHO” BURNS VS CHRISTOS GIAGOS
WISEMAN PREDICTION: GILBERT BURNS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: GILBERT BURNS VIA SUBMISSION
Wiseman: Burns is just a savage on the mat. Giagos did his best to use butterfly guard, tried to push off the cage, he really did it all. However, Burns just countered any defense Giagos had. Fantastic transitioning, power, and persistence. A perfect submission by Burns with only seconds left in the first round.
FELIPE “SERTANEJO” ARANTES VS ANDRE “TOUCHY” FILI
WISEMAN PREDICTION: ANDRE FILI VIA TKO
WINNER: ANDRE FILI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Wiseman: From a jiu jitsu chess match, to a grappling show, to a battle of the takedowns these guys showed skill tonight. Arantes won in the damage department thanks to numerous elbows, but ultimately it was Fili’s ability to get off his back and transition to inflict punishment of his own that gave him the match.
SCOTT “YOUNG GUNS” JORGENSEN VS WILSON REIS
NOTE: JORGENSEN MISSED WEIGHT.
WISEMAN PREDICTION: SCOTT JORGENSEN VIA SPLIT-DECISION
WINNER: WILSON REIS VIA SUBMISSION
Wiseman: Jorgensen was showing speed and movement early in the first round, but ultimately it was the body kick from Reis that started the fall of Jorgensen. Reis took advantage of the fact that he knocked the wind out of Jorgensen, clamped on a submission, and got the tap. A quick and technical showing by Reis.
WILLIAM “PATOLINO” MACARIO VS NEIL MAGNY
WISEMAN PREDICTION: WILLIAM MACARIO VIA TKO
WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA TKO
Wiseman: Magny wanted to push the pace from the beginning of the match and while he didn’t push it all that much in the first, he was consistent and scored the TKO finish. His 5th win of 2014, tying the record with Roger Huerta. He was able to use his reach, long jab, and takedowns filled with ground-and-pound to really test Macario. Unfortunately for Macario, he didn’t have an answer to counter the range of Magny.
YAN CABRAL VS NAOYUKI KOTANI
WISEMAN PREDICTION: NAOYUKI KOTANI VIA TKO
WINNER: YAN CABRAL VIA SUBMISSION
Wiseman: For making this weight cut for the first time, Cabral set a high pace and kept it going. Kotani ended up with a nasty cut over his eye at the end of the first, then Cabral weighed down on Kotani to transition for a rear naked choke. Impressive fight by Cabral.
DIEGO FERREIRA VS BERNEIL DARIUSH
WISEMAN PREDICTION: DIEGO FERREIRA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: BERNEIL DARIUSH VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Wiseman: Ferreira took this fight on short notice, so it’s to be expected that his cardio would fail. Dariush capitalized on take downs, but didn’t really do a ton. Ferreira tried to get up in rounds two and three, but got tired. A dominant fight by Dariush, but I personally don’t like grind win fights, so it was boring for me.
#13 DARREN “THE DAMAGE” ELKIN VS LUCAS “MINEIRO” MARTINS
WISEMAN PREDICTION: LUCAS MARTINS VIA TKO
WINNER:DARREN ELKINS VIA SPLIT-DECISION
Wiseman: I expected more action, but it was a grinding match where little action happened. Elkins used his clinch game to keep Martins against the cage. Martins was unable to get anything going other than take down defence. Another boring, against the cage without action fight.
#15 FABIO MALDONADO VS HANS STRINGER
WISEMAN PREDICTION: FABIO MALDONADO VIA TKO
WINNER: FABIO MALDONADO VIA TKO
Wiseman: Maldonaldo kept the pressure going until he broke Stringer. After the takedown, Maldonaldo unloaded with vicious ground-and-pound until the ref stepped in. Fantastic. To top it off, Anderson Silva jumped up on the cage to thank and congratulate his friend. Amazing moment.
#4 GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS #6 PHIL “MR. WONDERFUL” DAVIS
WISEMAN PREDICTION: PHIL DAVIS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: PHIL DAVIS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Wiseman: It was a typical Davis fight, take down followed by lay-and-pray. That plan was followed perfectly. Texetira was unable to do anything, but other than weigh down on his opponent, Davis didn’t do anything either. His striking looked better, but against Jon Jones? Ummm…. No.
JOSE “JUNIOR” ALDO VS #1 CHAD “MONEY” MENDES
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOSE ALDO VIA TKO
WINNER: JOSE ALDO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Wiseman: Both fighters rocked each other, both had incredible kicks, just a tough fight to call. Mendes did throw more and scored take downs, but the precision striking of Aldo say amazing. To my surprise, it went the distance for a decision win for Aldo. I didn’t have it unanimous, but I still had him winning.