Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes staredown pic from UFC 142 press conference in Rio

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will head back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 14, 2012, with a UFC 142 fight card stacked with home grown talent.

In the main event of the evening, Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight championship against top contender and suffocating wrestling Chad Mendes. In addition, super popular Brazilian banger Vitor Belfort will get his chance to show off in front of his native fans against middleweight debutant Anthony Johnson.

To get fans pumped up for the upcoming pay-per-view, UFC President Dana White kicked things off with a UFC 142 pre-fight press conference earlier today (Dec. 13, 2011) from Rio, featuring the aforementioned sluggers staring each other down.

And yes, even at middleweight, "Rumble" is still huge.

Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson staredown pic, after the jump.

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