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UFC president Dana White made the trip to Brazil this past week with the rest of his promotion, sitting Octagon-side for what he referred to as the “greatest featherweight title fight” ever Saturday night at UFC 179.

The main event saw Jose Aldo turn back the challenge of Chad Mendes and defend his title for a second time over the Team Alpha Male fighter. The contest, though, wasn’t without controversy.

After the opening round ended, Aldo landed two shots following the bell – the second of which floored Mendes, who had his hands down. Both the champion and referee stated they didn’t hear the sound due to the arena exploding.

“You couldn’t hear the bell go off here,” White said, during an interview on FOX Sports 2. “It was so loud in the arena. I didn’t hear it. My phone was blowing up afterward saying it was a cheap shot, but you couldn’t hear the bell.”

Despite that, and the numerous illegal strikes landed by both fighters, White still had nothing but praise for the actual bout.

“That’s the best featherweight title fight I’ve ever seen,” he said. “It lived up to my expectations. This was a great fight for Jose, and Chad was in shape coming in and brought out the best in Jose.”

Just like Aldo and Mendes did after, White was asked about Conor McGregor. “Notorious” is scheduled to meet Dennis Siver in January, but was on-hand for the fight.

“Jose just finished this fight,” White said. “We could have a fight between those guys in summer. Jose’s pretty banged up and he takes time off after his title fights.

“McGregor has got to get past Dennis first.”

UFC 179 Complete Coverage, Results, PBP

FightLine has live coverage tonight of UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2.

The event airs on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view from Brazil, with Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title vs. Chad Mendes in the main event.

We’ll have complete play-by-play of all the action, post-fight analysis and all your breaking news; and of course, UFC 179 results, over on FightLine.

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UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor hosted a live Fight Club Q&A session from Brazil for UFC 179 today.

The event got out of hand once Brazilian fans starting asking the questions, including one asking McGregor if his father was a “transgender prostitute.” “Notorious” handled the the situation pretty good, and you can see a replay of the 18-minute session below:

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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.”

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