Chad ‘Money’ Mendes will rematch current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the title at the end of the month. If on Oct. 25., Mendes dethrones the longtime 145-pound king, seven of nine current divisions in the UFC would be owned by fighters with wrestling pedigrees.
The only two champions without a competitive wrestling background would be women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the men’s lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is a two-time All-American in wrestling and junior college national champion for Iowa Central Community College.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones: NJCAA All-American out of Iowa Central Community College.
UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman: Two-time NCAA Div I All-American for Hofstra University.
UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks: Four-time All-American at Oklahoma.
UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw: Two-time All State (CIF). Ranked 10th nationally his senior year in college.
UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson: Two-time All State wrestler in high school. Did not wrestle at collegiate level.
Also with a possible Mendes win all champions on the UFC roster would be Americans. Aldo, a Brazilian is the lone title holder outside the U.S.
Aldo won the first fight with a knockout with just one second left in the very first round back at 142 in 2012.
UFC 179 goes down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.