Chad Mendes is 11-0 in his career and, if he has anything to say about it, Fight #12 will be against Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title. Mendes is widely considered to be the #1 contender, a spot he solidified in August with a win at UFC 133 over Rani Yahya.
After watching Aldo defeat Kenny Florian at UFC 136, Mendes believes he has all the tools to do what Florian and Mark Hominick couldn’t – finish five strong rounds with “Scarface.”
“I think with my wrestling credentials, my strength, my athleticism, I don’t think he’s faced anybody like that yet,” said Mendes, in an interview with MMAFighting “And for me to get in there, put him on his back and take him out of his comfort zone, I think that’s going to be key to beating a guy like that.”
Mendes has went the distance in each of his last four fights and trains with athletes like Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez in Sacramento, California as part of Team Alpha Male. He was a standout wrestler in college, advancing to the NCAA finals as a senior.
In Aldo, he will be facing a man many consider to be the next Anderson Silva. Aldo is also ranked highly in the pound-for-pound rankings, something that is driving Mendes to train even harder.
“He’s the guy that everyone looks at as unbeatable, and he’s got this hype around him like no one can beat him,” Mendes said. “I want to be the guy to get in there and take that belt from him.”
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