UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 viewing and schedule guide

Can Chad Mendes take out featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 179?

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Following a two week hiatus with no fights, the UFC has returned with a championship pay-per-view this weekend at UFC 179 emanating from Brazil as featherweight king Jose Aldo puts his title up for grabs once again as he faces Chad Mendes, who enters the fight on a five fight win streak.

Mendes has been tearing through the featherweight division ever since he lost to Aldo more than two years ago.  He’s picked up four knockouts or TKO’s in his last five fights and he feels more prepared now than ever before to snatch the gold from around Aldo’s waist.

Also on the card, former No. 1 contender at light heavyweight Glover Teixeira looks to rebuild from his recent loss to champion Jon Jones when he takes on another top 10 fighter in Phil Davis in Brazil.  Davis is trying to erase the bad memory of his last fight as well when he fell by decision to Anthony Johnson in April.

With both fighters looking to avoid a potential two-fight losing streak, there’s plenty on the line in this one.

Heavy handed slugger and fan favorite Fabio Maldonado is also on the card as well as Neil Magny, who looks to get his fifth win in 2014.

To make sure you catch all the action from Brazil this week, here’s a complete viewing and schedule guide for everything happening with UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2.

Friday at 2p ET – UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 weigh ins

Where to watch: FOX Sports 2 or FOX Sports GO

To officially kick off the fight weekend, get ready to see all the fighters hit the scale before staring down just 24 hours away from the show.  The weigh-ins can often times tell the tale before the fights on Saturday night so this is a great way to see who has the edge before even stepping foot in the cage.

Saturday at 7p ET – UFC 179 Early Prelims

Where to watch: UFC Fight Pass

The first two fights of the night kick off on UFC Fight Pass starting at 7p ET with the following bouts on the card:

Gilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos

Fabricio Camoes vs. Tony Martin

Saturday at 7p ET – UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 pre-fight show

Where to watch: FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports GO

Before the fights kick off at the bottom of the hour, hear analysis and picks from the best crew in the sport.  The UFC on FOX team will break down all of the fights as well as give analysis of the key matchups on the card.  Can Mendes get his revenge and take out one of the most dominant champions in UFC history or is Aldo destined to defend his title once again? All this and more on FOX Sports 1.

Saturday at 8p ET – UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 Prelims

Where to watch: FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports GO

Neil Magny will look to make history when he goes for his fifth win in 2014 as he competes again at UFC 179 taking on tough Brazilian William Macario.  Also on the prelims, Scott Jorgensen will be looking for another big win at flyweight when he takes on submissions specialist Wilson Reis.  The full preliminary fight card is listed below:

William Macario vs. Neil Magny

Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani

Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis

Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili

Saturday at 10p ET – UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2

Where to watch: Pay-Per-View

The featherweight title is up for grabs in the main event while two of the best in the world at 205-pounds square off in the co-main event for UFC 179.  All five fights should be extremely interesting matchups on Saturday night.  Here’s the full main card for UFC 179:

MAIN EVENT: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes — featherweight title fight

Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis

Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer

Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins

Diego Ferreira vs. Beneil Darius

Sunday at 1a ET — UFC 179 Post Fight Show

Where to watch: FOX Sports 2 or FOX Sports GO

Following the night’s action, don’t change the channel because to hear a breakdown of all the events that just happened as well as exclusive post fight interviews with the biggest winners of the night, keep it locked to FOX Sports 2 with the special UFC post fight show.