Jose Aldo’s next title defense is set.

As expected, Chad Mendes will challenge Aldo for his UFC featherweight title, but catch is he’ll have to do it in hostile territory. That’s right, the fight is set to go down in Brazil on Jan. 14 when the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro for UFC 142.

Following an initial report from Tatame, Dana White confirmed the news with

Fighting in his home country of Brazil, Jose Aldo will defend his UFC Featherweight Title Jan. 14 in UFC 142 against undefeated fighter Chad Mendes, has learned.

“Pound-for-pound superstar Jose Aldo will return home to fight in Brazil for the first time since 2007 when he defends his UFC featherweight title against unbeaten powerhouse Chad Mendes,” UFC president Dana White told “Aldo hasn’t lost in over five years, but Mendes has yet to lose in MMA, and after clearing out all the contenders put in his way, he believes he has what it takes to beat the champion.”

Beating Jose Aldo in any country is a tall order. Beating Jose Aldo in Brazil might be next to impossible.

Chad Mendes could be the guy to do it though. His Division 1 wrestling game might be the answer for Aldo’s lightening fast speed and devastating striking. We’ll find out in January.

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