Ahead of UFC Fight Night 63, Chad Mendes knows he’s going to be in for a war with Ricardo Lamas.
The two former featherweight title contenders will square off Saturday from Virginia, and “Money” feels that his challenger is a worthy foe.
“I don’t see any big holes in his game,” said Mendes, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “He’s good everywhere. But I don’t see any great area.
“His stronger point is his top game. He has good top control and elbows, but I’ve got a great takedown defense. I’ve never been taken down in a fight. It’s a great match up for me. I’m more athletic, faster and stronger.”
Mendes (16-2) has suffered just two losses in his career, with both coming to Jose Aldo for the belt. He won five in a row before falling via decision to Aldo last October.
Team Alpha Male, where Mendes trains, has been working with new head coach Martin Kampmann. Kampmann, a former UFC fighter himself, replaced Duane Ludwig.
“Duane was our first head coach,” Mendes said. “Now we have Martin full-time. His stuff is simple, basic stuff and that’s what wins. I’m feeling great and I’m ready to go.”