The UFC returns to Brazil this weekend with a stacked card and a world title up for grabs. Jose Aldo will defend his UFC Featherweight title for the third time against an undefeated former NCAA wrestler. As well, in the co-main event Brazilian MMA legend Vitor Belfort steps into the Octagon against the dangerous Anthony Johnson in what is sure to be an electric fight from start to finish.
Aldo returns to fight in his native Brazil for the first time in four years and the first time since becoming a world champion. Still considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Aldo hasn’t been as impressive in his last two fights as we’ve grown accustomed to him being. Mendes promises to be a new puzzle for the champ to figure out, and if styles win fights Mendes could prove to be a wrestling nightmare for Aldo.
Mendes has out-wrestled every fighter he’s been in against thus far in his career. He’s explosive and has very good ground control, which could be enough to frustrate and wear down the champion. If Mendes is unable to take Aldo down he’s likely in for a long painful night.
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes currently have Aldo as the -235 favorite to retain his title. That line has steadily declined from the initial -320 price as more MMA betting action has been going on the Mendes upset. That upset will pay as much as +205 at Bovada.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will be stepping into the Octagon on Saturday night for the first time as a Middleweight. He won’t get an easy night against the experienced Vitor Belfort, but an upset win for Johnson is a real possibility. This fight is handicapped closer than any other on the UFC 142 fight card, with Belfort coming in as the -130 favorite at 5Dimes. Johnson is a bargain at the 5Dimes price of +110.
The rest of the pay-per-view fight action at 5Dimes shapes up like this:
Mike Massenzio +385 vs. Rousimar Palhares -485
Carlo Prater +385 vs. Erick Silva -485
Edson Barboza -265 vs. Terry Etim +225