The UFC’s featherweight division is quickly becoming one of the most competitive weight classes in the sport, and there are more than a few names gunning for a shot at the winner of the upcoming fight between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Mark Hominick.
The top of that list is undefeated Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes, who is coming off a dominant win over Michihiro Omigawa in January. Mendes is happy with whatever the UFC offers him next, but of course a title shot is the goal he’s gunning for.
“I’m picking stuff up, I’m feeling more confident. If they feel like throwing me in there next, then that’s a title shot, that’s the ultimate goal, and I’m 100% happy with that,” Mendes told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
While nothing is set in stone at this point, Mendes doesn’t currently have a fight on the docket and with Aldo facing Hominick in late April, it would only make sense that the California native sit on the sidelines and face the winner of that fight later this year.
The other top contender in the division Diego Nunes is currently scheduled to face Kenny Florian in his featherweight debut in June, and while there have been talks about the winner of that fight being in line for a title shot, Mendes and his management team believe it’s his time.
“Chad doesn’t have a fight scheduled right now and he wants to fight the winner of Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick,” MMA Inc’s Mike Roberts told MMAWeekly.com on Monday. “You can guarantee he’ll be sitting front and center in Toronto, and we believe he’s earned his place as the No. 1 contender in the division”
Mendes has been flawless throughout his WEC and now UFC career. Undefeated at 10-0, the man they call “Money” has earned every penny so far in his time in the featherweight division.
As far as who he’d rather face between Aldo and Hominick, Mendes doesn’t care because he simply wants his chance to wrap the gold around his waist.
“Either way, I’m down to fight whoever,” Mendes said about his preference of opponent.
Mendes took some much needed time off after his win over Omigawa, but after signing a new 4-fight deal with the UFC, he’s ready for his next bout to be with the UFC featherweight title on the line.