Many feel like Chad Mendes will be the next man to square off with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. And, if that’s the case, Mendes may just be the one to solve the puzzle that is Aldo.
This past weekend at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III, Aldo claimed a decision victory over Kenny Florian. Along with seeing the Aldo-Florian fight, Mendes (11-0) saw enough in Aldo’s win over Mark Hominick to have a plan figured out in his head to defeat “Scarface.”
“(It was) just another fight to build my confidence. That and the Hominick fight. Just seeing that Aldo can be taken down,” said Mendes, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “I think one of the key things that slows him down is his grappling and wrestling.”
Mendes is a former wrestling standout at the college-level, and has used that as a base for his success in MMA. He is 2-0 since joining the UFC with decision wins over Michihiro Omigawa and Rani Yahya.
While nothing has been confirmed between Aldo and Mendes, the Team Alpha Male fighter has his sights set on competing on the Super Bowl weekend card in February.
“I would love to get on the card Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas,” Mendes said. “I haven’t been told anything yet, but that would be an awesome card, especially if Chael (Sonnen) and Anderson (Silva) are on that card. It would be awesome to have the belts come from Brazil but stay in America.”