Chad Mendes will get the chance to back up his words in 2012, as the former Div. I All-American wrestler is scheduled to meet UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142 in Brazil.
Mendes, while appearing on MMAjunkie.com Radio earlier in the week, commented on why he feels like his style can topple Aldo.
“I think he’s just relying on having a smart fight instead of getting in there and being the killer he was in the past,” Mendes said. “Honestly, that’s the thing that has made Jose Aldo so dangerous. He didn’t care about any of that. He’d just go in there and try to take your head off until it finally happened. (But) with him slowing down, it’s great for me.”
Mendes is 11-0 in his career, including 2-0 in the UFC. He defeated Rani Yahya earlier this year via decision on a card where he was originally expected to meet Aldo. “Scarface” topped Kenny Florian at UFC 136 to improve to 20-1 and successfully defend his title inside the Octagon for a second time.
“I’m chomping at the bit. I can’t wait to get in there and fight for the belt,” Mendes said. “I’ve got a great camp, great training partners backing me up, and I feel I’ll go in there and win the belt.”