Jose Aldo is coming home. (He's coming home. Tell the world, he's coming home.)
After defeating longtime veteran Kenny Florian a little over three weeks ago at UFC 136 in Houston, Texas, Aldo already has his next fight lined up, against undefeated wrestling powerhouse, Chad Mendes.
Only this time, Aldo will be fighting on his home soil. It will be the first time he has done so since May 2007.
UFC President Dana White broke the news today to FOXSports.com:
"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. 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."
"Scarface" will be trying to add to his impressive 13-fight win streak, which includes notable victories over such superstars as Urijah Faber and the previously mentioned Florian.Team Alpha Male's Mendes is undefeated in his young mixed martial arts career, boasting a record of 11-0 just three years into the game.
This will be, without a doubt, his stiffest test to date.
Mendes and Aldo were originally set to collide at UFC 133 this past August, but the injury bug forced the featherweight champ to bow out. Instead of riding the pine to preserve his title shot, Mendes opted to stay on the card and defeated a very game Rani Yahya.
UFC 141 will take place in Brazil on Jan. 14, 2012, the second such trip for the world's largest fight promotion in the past six months. No word on whether or not Aldo vs. Mendes will be the main event of the evening.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on this still-developing fight card.