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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo didn’t hold back when it came to discussing his upcoming opponent and a possible future one during the first installment of UFC 179: Embedded, which you can see in the video below.

Aldo will defend his title this Saturday night at UFC 179 against Chad Mendes, and FightLine will have complete coverage of all the action.

The video also features Mendes working out with Nate Diaz and preparing for his trip to Brazil.

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A knee injury has forced UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez out of a planned November title defense vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180.

In place of Velasquez-Werdum, officials have tabbed Mark Hunt vs. Werdum for the interim heavyweight title.

Velasquez suffered a right knee injury in training and will not be able to headline the first UFC card to take place in Mexico. The event goes down November 15 from Mexico City.

“I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened,” Velasquez said. “To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn’t meant to be and it’s not going to happen. I’m going to get my (right) knee fixed and get back to training as soon as I can.

“I’m sorry to the fans in Mexico who were expecting this fight, and I hope to be able to come down and still be a part of this historic event.”

Werdum is coming off a win over Travis Browne that kept him in his role of No. 1 contender that he secured with a victory last year over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

“I’m ready for whatever comes. I have been training in Mexico for nearly two months and accept the challenge that is presented to me,” Werdum said. “I’ll continue to prepare and will arrive ready to fight on behalf of all my Latin American fans.”

Hunt returns to the Octagon after knocking out Roy Nelson in Japan over the summer. He was near the top of the pecking order before a loss to Junior dos Santos.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity to fight for another world title. This is something that doesn’t happen often to people. First K1 and now UFC – how can I say no, even though it’s on short notice?” Hunt said. “I’m dropping everything and flying to Mexico tomorrow so I can best prepare myself for this fight. I have to get into shape and acclimatize to that environment, which is really important.

“There’s nothing to lose when you’re competing against the best at the top level.”

miesha tate

Bethe Correia has been picking apart members of the “Four Horsewomen” stable one-by-one, hoping to work her way to a title fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Correia, though, received her own call-out recently when Miesha Tate made it known that she would like to challenge the unbeaten fighter. The Brazilian responded in an interview with FOX Sports.

“I have no idea why Tate decided to appear in this history,” Correia said. “But everyone knows me and knows how I am, I never back away from a fight. I am Bethe Correia.

“I never run from a challenge. Whoever challenges me make sure to use a good mouthpiece because I’ll answer to it in the Octagon with punches to the mouth.”

Correia (9-0) has strong together three straight wins since joining the UFC last year, topping veteran Julie Kedzie and “Horsewomen” Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler this year.

“I’ll be the next UFC champion,” she said. “I’ll fight anyone they want me to and I’ll beat all of them. If it’s up to me, the check for ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus will have my name on it in my next fight.”

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UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on an episode of Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time” podcast to discuss her career and future.

While Rousey maintains hope for a January 3 fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 182, she made it known that nothing has been finalized just yet. Zingano is coming off a victory over Amanda Nunes in her long-awaited return.

“I hope January 3 we’ll be able to fight,” Rousey said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the transcribing). “It’s still up in the air a little bit. We’ll see how she’s feeling after her last fight.”

For Rousey, it’s been an extended period away from competition. She closed out 2013 with a December submission win over Miesha Tate, quickly jumping back into training and finishing Sara McMann in February.

Between movie and photo shoots, Rousey stayed in shape, defeating Alexis Davis in July to improve to 10-0 in her career with four successful title defenses.

Zingano (9-0) has scored two wins inside the Octagon, having also finished Tate in 2013. She suffered a knee injury in training after being declared the No. 1 contender, and also battled the loss of her trainer and husband to suicide.

“I really, really like Cat,” Rousey said. “I will fight that girl at the total peak of my ability and the best that I can do. That’s how I show her my respect. I give her a little bit of everything I have. I want to show that respect for her.”

vitor belfort

Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought since landing a head-kick that knocked out Dan Henderson back in November. By the time “The Phenom” finally returns to the Octagon, it will have been well over a year on the sidelines.

While many have called into question what kind of fighter Belfort will be without the use of TRT – something he was granted for each of his three finishes in 2013 vs. Henderson, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping – he believes the answers will come.

“The fact that I haven’t fought in 2014 will only make my opponents surprised with my performance,” said Belfort, during an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I had time to adapt myself and evolve even more. Despite not having fought, I worked hard at Blackzilians and spent this whole time getting ready to win my third world title in a different weight class in the UFC.”

Belfort (24-10) was set to meet Chris Weidman for the middleweight title in December, but a hand injury caused Weidman to bow out. No date has been set for the bout, but it is likely to take place in early 2015.

Despite things not going exactly as the Brazilian planned in 2014, he isn’t looking back with hate or anger.

“I’m positive that those adversities will only make me stronger and ready for the next challenges,” Belfort said. “I was expecting to fight and win the title, but I believe that everything happens for a reason.

“My training routine is intense, it’s part of my lifestyle. I will continue focused on reinventing myself and getting stronger every day, waiting for the fight.”

Belfort is 6-2 since returning to the UFC in 2009 with a finish of Rich Franklin. His two losses were both via stoppages, as Anderson Silva knocked him out in a bout for the middleweight title in 2011 and Jon Jones submitted him for light heavyweight gold a year later.

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