The Los Angeles Times has reported that Chad Mendes has been awarded a second title shot. He will take on UFC champion Jose Aldo for the second time in the main event of UFC 176, which takes place Aug. 2 at the Staples Center.
Aldo finished Mendes with one second left in the first round at UFC 142. Since that night in 2012 both fighters have posted undefeated marks.
The champion won the WEC iteration of the featherweight title with a second-round knockout of Mike Brown in 2009. He defended the title twice over Urijah Faber and Manvel Gamburyan before being promoted to the first UFC featherweight champion in history. Inside the UFC, he has rattled off six-straight title defenses over Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Mendes, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas.
After a distinguished wrestling career at Cal Poly, Mendes transitioned to MMA in 2008. He won his first five fights on the California circuit before earning an invitation to the WEC. Mendes then won six fights under the WEC/UFC banners and was awarded with a title shot against Aldo. After dropping his title challenge, “Money” has gotten back on track with wins over Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Darren Elkins, Clay Guida and Nik Lentz.