No Pressure, Chad Mendes Plans to Blast Jose Aldo Off His Feet

January 4, 2012
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Chad Mendes is a decided underdog heading into his UFC 142 Rio bout with Jose Aldo.

Why should he be considered any threat to the UFC featherweight champion, who has rolled over nearly every one of his opponents since signing on with Zuffa’s WEC promotion in 2008. That’s 13 consecutive victories, including four title defenses against the likes of Urijah Faber, Mark Hominick, and Kenny Florian.

What’s Mendes ever done?

Sure he was a NCAA wrestling national championship runner-up and PAC-10 Wrestler of the Year.

He’s only won 11 fights – out of 11 attempts – in his mixed martial arts career, including six fights between his tenures in the WEC and UFC.

His hit list includes former Top 10 ranked fighters Rani Yahya and Michihiro Omigawa, as well as current No. 5 ranked Erik Koch.

But, really, how does any of that really count?

There may be many people that feel Mendes isn’t ready for a title shot, but don’t count him among them.

“The Aldo camp saying I am not ready for a title shot? They don’t know how good I am,” said Mendes on Wednesday. “They’ve never fought me or trained with me. I am very, very ready for this title shot. He has great takedown defense, but my type of shot is a ‘blast-you-off-your-feet’ type of shot.”

And everyone disregarding him, just stacks the chips that much more in Mendes’ favor. When there are no expectations, it’s much easier to lay everything on the line. Why not? He’s not supposed to win, right?

“He’s the one with the pressure,” said Mendes. “He’s the champ. He’s the headliner in his own town, while I am the up-and-comer, the underdog. There’s no pressure on me.”

Not only that, but Mendes believes he’s got Aldo figured out.

He’s not taking the champ lightly, of course, but he also has the added benefit of training alongside Urijah Faber, who has fought, and lost, to Aldo in the past.

Mendes, in fact, was one of Faber’s main training partners for that fight, so he’s all too familiar with Aldo and where they may have gone wrong in preparing Faber to fight him.

“When Urijah fought him, we didn’t red-flag his leg kicks, but obviously we have prepared for that in this fight,” Mendes relayed, although that is but one small piece of the overall puzzle.

“Other fighters have stood there and let him take them apart; I think I will get in there and get my hands on him. No one else he’s fought has my level of wrestling, to where I will get him down and keep him down.”

Confidence, belief, and expectation, of course, are all well and good, but execution, particularly against a champion as dominant as Aldo has been, is another story altogether.

Mendes, however, believes he has what it takes to blast Aldo off his feet, and we’ll all find out if that’s true come Jan. 14 in Brazil.

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  • EduardoMengo

    It’s funny to see mendes running his mouth before the fight, at the end of the day he’ll get smashed like everybody else ! he hasn’t fought nobody from the top ten ! homminick ? faber ? brow ? florian ? nops he aint ready ! is easy to say what he is gonna do. but is a killer and will **** him up before he can even think about a take down !

  • smalloryaa

    lol eduardomengo…i don’t even write on these things cause it for the most part is for losers who have never done anything in life who talk…but being a former wrestler and an all american watching and knowing how tough that it is and what mendes did in his career mendes will defeat aldo and you heard it from me first…he had a hard enough time stoppping florians takedowns…aldo shits on florians wrestling ability and he sets an even tougher pace…aldo will no be ready for the pace mendes sets for five rounds…just wait and when its over you can tell me i told you so

    • fitefan

      You are writing on it now. Way to call yourself a loser. Hypocrite.
      Just post your poorly composed opinion and leave the personal attacks against MMAweekly posters out of it.
      Assuming you being a ‘former’ wrestler means you graduated or have left college. Grow up.

    • Bonation

      Just say you`re rooting for the wrestler because you were one.

      You don`t know anything about other posters here yet you call them “losers who have never done anything in life”. Thats plain retarded.

      Also you tried to explain your prediction by saying: “Mendes is an All American, you guys don`t know how hard it is to be that.” Well do you know how hard it is to be a Nova União Black belt? Do you know how hard it is to defend your title multiple times against top 5 fighters?

      They gave Mendes the shot for 2 reasons: first, theres no one else. Second, to give brazilian fans in attendance an easy win to cheer, just like Anderson x Okami on the 1st Rio show.

  • smalloryaa

    sorry i meant mendes ***** on florians wrestling and takedown ability and his pace and conditioning

  • D-rail

    It’s funny to read how u got Mendes and the outcome of that figured out. Like there’s anybody else out there at this point who’s good enough or deserves a title shot. Mendes has what it takes and will taketh Scarface’s belt, in his home town! I like it when underdogs dethrone those whom people see as INVISIBLE, with a KTFO!

  • D-rail

    I meant INVINCIBLE. Chad is undefeated for a reason, simple; he’s a very smart fighter with great cardio( Aldo’s cryptonite). When Aldo’s tank runs out, he will get beat in his home town! Place your bets & make some money.

  • whiteman17

    I like his strategy to not wait around for also to calculate his strikes.take the fight to him as chael did with Lil ol Andy

  • maddawgmar

    Everyone says Mendes is undefeated for a reason, that reason is he hasn’t fought any real fighters. Nothing away from the guy, based on previous fights you can’t pick him over Aldo. He can win as any fighter can but Aldo is better everywhere but wrestling. And he has been training with Maynard to get better at that. And Mendes couldn’t hold Maynards jock strap in wrestling. So it will be a good fight. But Aldo by decision or submission.

  • fitefan

    after a some consideration… I’d put money on Aldo succesfully defending again.

    Not taking anything away from Mendes legitamacy at a title shot. Aldo is a smart fighter, he’s training his weakness so it’s not as exploitable.

    I fail to buy into the lack of cardio argument. Faber didn’t lolly gag around, he pushed the pace.