'Countdown' to UFC 142: 'Aldo vs Mendes' programming alert and discussion thread

"Countdown" to UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" debuts tonight (Jan. 10, 2012) on FUEL TV at 9 p.m. ET.

"Countdown" to UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" will debut TONIGHT (Jan. 10, 2012) at 9 p.m. ET on Fuel TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sat., Jan. 14, 2012.

The network special will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, featuring current featherweight champion Jose Aldo and number one contender to the throne Chad Mendes. "Aldo vs. Mendes" will also feature Vitor Belfort making his big return in front of his native people to take on Anthony Johnson, who will make his middleweight debut.

Replays of "Countdown" to UFC 142 will air sporadically throughout the entire FOX family of networks, including FX, right up until showtime. Check your local listings.

Feel free to talk about the hour-long special, as well as share your predictions for the fights this weekend, in the comments section below.

In the meantime, check out the current UFC 142 fight card and line up after the jump:

Main event:

145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes

Main card (pay-per-view):

185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
185 lbs.: Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio
170 lbs.: Carlo Prater vs. Erick Silva
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim

Preliminary card (FX Channel):

155 lbs.: Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout
265 lbs.: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
145 lbs.: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara
170 lbs.: Ricardo Funch vs. Mike Pyle

Preliminary card (Facebook):

145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Jan. 14, 2012), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 7 p.m. ET with the preliminary bouts.

For the latest UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" news and notes click here.

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