During the build towards their headlining bout this weekend at UFC 142, unbeaten wrestler Chad Mendes has been very open in expressing his firm belief featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be unable to stop his takedowns. However, while Mendes’ mat-based acumen is well-documented, Aldo remains unconcerned about what his challenger has to offer and not necessarily because he feels he will stuff every attempt.
“About his speed, it won’t be a problem,” said Aldo in an interview with the UFC. “He’s always been an explosive fighter, but I’m an explosive fighter as well. I’ve been training jiu-jitsu since I was a kid, so if we both hit the ground, I will be the one with the advantage.”
Another advantage Aldo feels he has pertains to a past pairing against Urijah Faber, Mendes’ coach and confidant. Aldo beat “The California Kid” soundly in April 2010, picking apart his leg with kicks throughout their five round affair.
“Chad’s style of fighting is very similar to Faber’s,” Aldo explained. “The height, the wrestling, the way they move…they are very similar. Mendes is younger than Faber, but it’s basically the same type of fight for me.”
And, of course, Aldo also feels he’s the superior stand-up artist, stating a stoppage seems likely given the match-up.
“Mendes has got a disadvantage fighting me on his feet. He’s not as good a boxer as the other guys I have faced and I don’t think he can do well standing up in this fight. I will be looking for a knockout or a submission.”
Catch Aldo defend his belt against Mendes when the main card of UFC 142 takes to the PPV airwaves on Saturday night. Other featured bouts include Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares and Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson.
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