UFC 169 Results: Aldo Wins Rematch, Retains Featherweight Title

Jose Aldo UFC 169RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defeated Chad Mendes by a unanimous decision (49-46 all cards) in front of his native Brazilians on Saturday. Aldo has now defeated Mendes twice and has successfully defended his title six times in this run as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

“Money” improves to 25-1 and hasn’t lost a fight since his first professional match. Aldo was able to land 25 more strikes in the fight that was pretty even with each fighter having moments of control on the feet. “Junior” did manage to take down the champion twice in the fight but only once was he able to actually do any damage. Mendes fell to 16-2 with the loss.

No. 6 light heavyweight contender Phil Davis pulls the upset in the co-main event with a unanimous decision win (30-27 all cards) over No. 4 ranked Glover Teixeira. The entire fight took on the same posture with the wrestler, Davis, dominating in mat position while landing 40 more strikes and scoring nine takedowns. Davis would continue to hold control while pounding on Teixeira from a dominant position. Davis improves to 13-2, 1 NC while his performance drops Teixeira to 22-4.

In the first stoppage of the main card, No. 15 ranked light heavyweight contender Fabio Maldonado gets the win by stoppage in the second round over Hans Stringer. Stringer controlled the first round with a ground and pound attack that kept Maldonado on his back but did little damage. Maldonado was able to turn the fight in the second round as Stringer missed on a takedown that left himself exposed on the mat as the Brazilian was able to unleash a significant flurry that led to the stoppage. Maldonado improved to 22-7 with the win while Stringer drops to 22-6-3.

No. 13 featherweight Darren Elkins improves to 19-4 with a split decision (30-27 two cards, 27-30) win over Lucas Martins. “The Damage” landed 21 more strikes and fought his matching pressing “Mineiro” in each round to drop the Brazilian to 15-2. The Brazilian crowd was jeering its’ displeasure over the pace of the fight as Elkins’ grinding fashion kept control of the fight in the win.

Beneil Dariush snaps Diego Ferreira’s unbeaten streak with a unanimous decision (30-27 all cards) win to improve to 9-1. Dariush kept Ferreira at a distance with an assault of leg kicks and was able to takedown Ferreira in each round for dominant positions and an 11 strike advantage. With his first loss Ferreira falls to 10-1.