If you’re hoping to work your way back into a title shot, then there aren’t many better ways to do so, than in the fashion Chad Mendes has been going about it. After all, since “Money” was taken out by featherweight champ Jose Aldo in January, 2012, Mendes has won four straight fights. Most importantly, however, the Team Alpha Male fighter has done so by highlight reel stoppage in every outing. It’s pretty hard to gloss over that.
This Saturday at UFC on FOX 9, of course, Mendes will take on Nik Lentz, who has also been turning heads at 145. Since moving down from lightweight the rugged wrestler has won three in row, and currently sits at #8 in the featherweight division.
So, does Mendes believe that a fifth straight victory, over a fellow contender nonetheless, will be enough to get him another title shot? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here’s what the 28 year-old had to say.
“I think if I go out there and destroy him, it should be me next,” Mendes said. “But ultimately, it’s up to the UFC. They have a plan; they have stuff set in stone already. If they don’t think it’s ready, it’s not going to happen. They’re the boss and they tell me what to do.”
“I basically just train my butt off and keep beating whoever they put in front of me, and eventually, they have to give it to me. That’s how I’m looking at it.”
Of course, Ricardo Lamas will face Aldo at UFC 169 in February, but if Mendes defeats Lentz it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s next in line. Although, Cub Swanson and his five fight win streak is certainly in the mix as well. Perhaps Swanson, who is currently sidelined with an elbow injury, could face the winner of Mendes-Lentz?