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Jose Aldo: “I’m going for the knockout or a submission.”

Jose Aldo will have the weight of a country on his shoulders this Saturday night when he defends his UFC featherweight title against Chad Mendes.

That’s because the bout will take place in Aldo’s native country of Brazil inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes.

Along with being one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, “Scarface” is also looked upon as the possible heir apparent to Anderson Silva’s title as Brazil’s best. With a win over Mendes, Aldo may just stake that claim.

“After I knock him out at home, the fans will go crazy with happiness,” said Aldo in a special video from the UFC promoting the show. “I’m going for the knockout or a submission. I want to leave a good impression. I will defeat Chad Mendes, especially at home.”

Mendes, who is undefeated in his pro MMA career and widely-regarded as one of the elite featherweights in the world, believes he can take the approach of a movie character into this fight: Rocky Balboa, the slugging boxer who won over the hearts of everyone in his title fight with Apollo Creed.

“I’m looking at this kind of like a Rocky story. I’m going to go in there and fight the champion in his back yard and take it from him,” Mendes said. “I’m going into Brazil and I’m going to take that belt. I’m going to become the next featherweight champion of the world.”

Check out the video below, highlighting past fights involving both Aldo and Mendes:


  • MCM says:

    Is anyone else sick and tired of Rocky references in MMA?
    As long as Aldo doesn’t have trouble making weight, I don’t see any way Chad wins this.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    When they called Petruzzeli KO’ing Kimbo Slice the “Rocky Balboa moment of MMA” that phrase lost the last shreds of pseudo-meaning it ever had.

    Rocky was a movie. And, in fact, Rocky LOST in the first movie — something a lot of people using that metaphor seem to completely overlook.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    So Aldo is going for a knockout or a submission. Really? Wow. I’m astonished by that.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    I believe Mendes was initially referring to the fourth Rocky movie where he fought Ivan Drago…

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