UFC NEWS – Jose Aldo: Bout Against Mendes “is going to be Brazil against the U.S.”
Soccer is a big deal in Brazil; it is the most popular sport in the South American country and as such garners a lot of attention and fan loyalty.
Jose Aldo is a know “Flamengo” football club fan and the image showed in this article is that of Aldo’s upcoming UFC 142 opponent wearing a “Vasco” jersey, who just happens to be the “Flamengo” rivals.
Apparently, for Aldo the sporting of the rival team’s jersey is all it takes to brew a rivalry between the two featherweights.
Here is what he said to Brazilian media outlet UOL Esportes
“The hype he’s creating is only for himself in this fight. He doesn’t even understand the rivalry between Vasco and Flamengo. This isn’t going to be a classic, this is going to be Brazil against the US. The fans from Vasco will be with me and the ones from Flamengo will be against him even more now. He doesn’t know what he’s getting into and will have to deal with the consequences once the fight starts”
UFC 142 is set to go down on Jan. 14 from Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. However, the event itself has yet to be officially announced by the UFC. Booked in what is expected to the main event is a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.