The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Brazil on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro with its first pay-per-view event in the South American MMA stronghold since August 2013. This is a solid if not outstanding card that represents the average UFC effort on PPV in 2014, featuring a title fight at the top, a relevant matchup of top-10 fighters in the co-main event and a mixture of solid prospects and veterans — but a dearth of ranked or high-profile competitors — below that.
The main event showcases longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo making the seventh defense of his UFC title in a rematch against Team Alpha Male product Chad Mendes. Despite Aldo’s increasingly conservative approach and his failure to truly grab the attention of fans, he remains one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters. Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira meet in a fantastic co-main event, while action fights – Darren Elkins-Lucas Martins, William Macario-Neil Magny,Christos Giagos-Gilbert Burns, and Andre Fili-Felipe Arantes – litter the rest of the card with the promise of entertaining violence.
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