Jose Aldo to defend UFC featherweight title Aug. 2 at Staples Center

Jose Aldo, right, battles Ricardo Lamas during the second round of their featherweight title bout at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. Aldo went on to win by unanimous decision.
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Jose Aldo, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s dominant featherweight champion, will defend his belt in a rematch against top-ranked contender Chad Mendes of Sacramento on Aug. 2 at Staples Center in UFC 176.

Aldo (24-1) is the UFC’s second-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. He last fought at UFC 169 in February, beating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision.

The Brazilian handed Mendes (16-1) his only defeat, in January 2012 at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro, by first-round technical knockout.

Since then, Mendes is 5-0 with four knockouts.


Aldo is 6-0 in the UFC and ranked behind only light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the organization’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Staples Center hasn’t hosted a UFC card in two years, when former light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Brandon Vera.

Tickets for UFC 176 go on sale June 13.