Defending featherweight champion Jose Aldo, from Brazil, right, punches Chad Mendes, from the US, during their featherweight title bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Jan. 15, 2012. Aldo defended his belt defeating Mendes on the first round.
Man of the people
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo celebrates with his fellow Brazilian fans after defeating Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Aldo immediately sprinted out of the ring after claiming victory and ran into the crowd at HSBC Arena. He eventually was carried back to the ring area on fans' shoulders.
Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes exchange blows at UFC 142. Aldo improved to 21-1 with the win, while Mendes fell to 11-1.
Time to party!
Jose Aldo celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes, getting a KO with one second left in the first round. Aldo delivered a knee to Mendes' head, knocking him to the mat, and followed that with two blows to his face before the fight was stopped.
Vitor the victor
Hometown hero Vitor Belfort celebrates after defeating Anthony Johnson in their middleweight bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Belfort defeated Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49 of Round 1.
Gasping for air
Anthony Johnson is choked out by Vitor Belfort in Round 1. Johnson came in 12 pounds overweight at Friday's weigh-in, but Belfort proved how little that mattered in the end.
Vitor Belfort punches Anthony Johnson during their middleweight bout. Belfort improved to 21-9 in his lengthy career, while Johnson fell to 10-4.
Erick Silva celebrates after he appeared to win his all-Brazilian welterweight bout against Carlo Prater at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. But Silva later was disqualified and lost the fight due to illegal punches, according to the referee.
Edson Barboza celebrates after defeating Terry Etim in their lightweight bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Barboza wowed his fellow Brazlians in the crowd with a stunning kick that knocked out Etim on his feet before he fell backward to the mat.
Edson Barboza, from Brazil (left), exchanges punches with Terry Etim, from the UK, during their lightweight bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian Thiago Tavares celebrates after getting a decision over Sam Stout in their lightweight bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Tavares improved to 17-4-1.
That can't feel good
Thiago Tavares delivers a punch to the throat of Sam Stout during their lightweight bout. With the loss, Stout fell to 17-7-1.
Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga reacts after defeating countryman Ednaldo Oliveira during their heavyweight bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro. Gonzaga came back after a 15-month layoff to beat the previously undefeated Oliveira by submission.
Yuri Alcantara exchanges punches and a knee with Michihiro Omigawa. With his win, Alcantara improved to 27-3, while Omigawa fell to 13-11-1.
Brazilian Yuri Alcantara kicks Michihiro Omigawa during their featherweight bout at UFC 142. Alcantara defeated Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
Pyle it on
American Mike Pyle celebrates after defeating Brazilian Ricardo Funch in front of Funch's home crowd in Rio in their welterweight bout at UFC 142. Pyle needed just 1:22 of the first round to secure the win.
Playing to the crowd
Brazilian Felipe Arantes celebrates after defeating Antonio Carvalho. Arantes defeated Carvalho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Felipe Arantes lands an elbow to the face of Antonio Carvalho during their featherweight bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.