<
>

Dana White: Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes on

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title Jan. 14 in Brazil at UFC 142 against top-ranked contender Chad Mendes, UFC president Dana White told FoxSports.com on Monday night.

"Aldo hasn't lost in over five years, but Mendes has yet to lose in MMA, and after clearing out all the contenders put in his way, he believes he has what it takes to beat the champion," White told the website.

Aldo (20-1) will be making the fifth defense of his title. In his most recent defense, on Oct. 8 at UFC 136, Aldo defeated Kenny Florian by unanimous decision.

Mendes is the No. 2-ranked featherweight, behind Aldo, by ESPN.com. He is 11-0.

"Chad Mendes has earned his shot at the title and he's going to face one of the greatest featherweights of all time," Aldo's manager, Ed Soares, told ESPN.com. "It's going to be a great fight. It's going to be fireworks."

Mendes beat each of his two UFC opponents (Michihiro Omigawa and Rani Yahya) by unanimous decision, since the promotion merged with WEC in January.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.