Celebracao: Aldo KO’s Mendes to Retain Title

January 15, 2012
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Jose Aldo and Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51
It’s something special for a fighter to be able to perform in front of their hometown crowd.

It’s almost a new definition however for the pride that the Brazilians feel when they get the chance to compete in their home country, and it was no different for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Saturday night in Rio.

Facing undefeated Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes, who through 11 fights and more than 100 minutes in the cage had not lost a round in his MMA career, Aldo was able to end all of that with one well placed knee strike.

In a match-up of wrestler against striker, the key in the fight almost assuredly came down to Mendes’ ability to take the fight to the ground versus Aldo’s takedown defense.

Shutting down Mendes with two early attempts, Aldo set the tone for a fight that didn’t quite make the five-minute mark.

Oddly enough, it was Mendes’ best chance at getting a takedown that ultimately cost him the fight. While Aldo was guilty of grabbing the cage to stop an initial throw from Mendes, the former Cal Poly wrestler’s aggression to keep looking for the suplex ended up being his downfall.

Mendes released his hold of Aldo’s back and as the champion spun around he through a vicious and well timed knee that landed flush on his opponent’s chin.

As Aldo’s knee crushed into Mendes’ face, the challenger fell straight back to the canvas. The champion followed with one more big punch that put his lights out and the fight was over.

Like a rocket being shot into the sky, Aldo shot out of the cage like a cannon to run into the crowd and celebrate with his home country fans. Mobbed by the masses, Aldo was simply elated as he soaked up every moment with his Brazilian fans.

“I was so overcome with emotion that I wanted to celebrate with my people,” Aldo said after the win.

Knowing how Mendes would likely attack his legs looking for the takedown, Aldo said he was fully prepared for the wrestler’s attempts to get him to the ground. His knee strike was the perfectly timed counter, and obviously it worked.

“We knew Chad was going to try to take me off my feet. We prepared for that and I had a chance to land the knee. It connected and I finished the fight,” Aldo stated. “This is the spirit I wanted to come out with tonight. The fans here gave me so much energy.”

Somehow Aldo had been criticized leading into the fight because through two title bouts in the UFC he went to two decisions. The end result however proved Jose Aldo is just as dangerous as he ever has been.

Chad Mendes, now 11-1 as a pro, was nothing but gracious in defeat paying tribute to his foe in the cage. He goes home to America with a bit of a broken heart, but determined to return to the pinnacle of the division again one day.

“Jose is a great champion and he was the better man tonight. He showed why he’s one of the best fighters in the world,” said Mendes. I knew it would be hard to take him down, but I kept trying. I tried to keep the pressure, but he is just so tough and his takedown defense is great.

“I wanted the title so bad.”

Now a winner of fourteen fights in a row with five consecutive title defenses, Jose Aldo has again solidified his place as one of the best fighters on the planet.

His next goal may be to chase the mark of his fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva for wins and his championship run in the UFC.

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  • Mario

    To quote Joe Rogan

    “This guy is a dynamo!”

    Jose truly is one of the BEST. Thank you for knocking out that BORING wrestler. Clearly Chad Mendes wasn’t ready to challenge this man.

    Bring on Dustin Poirier

    or Eric Koch next 🙂

  • Mario

    *Excuse me

    Erik (with a K) Koch

  • bajafox

    Although I don’t think it would have made too much of a difference, Aldo did hold on to the fence on his way to a powerful take down. That should have made the 1 sec. difference and we would have seen a round 2. He was relying on that fence quite a bit and IMO should have at least gotten a warning.

    • b-soc

      LOL!!!!! Bajafox, sounds like you’ve figured out the time space continuum!! LOL!!! If he had gotten the take-down, that would have altered history. He may have gotten back up and knocked him out with a minute left. Nobody knows. He definitely should have gotten a warning or maybe even a point deduction, no arguments there.

      • bajafox

        There were a lot of haters on Tito for holding on to the cage when he fought Rashad, where are they now?

        My point is, he grabbed the cage, it should have at least been a warning and this fight “could” have gone a different way. We’ll never know, but I did say I don’t think it would have made much of a difference.

  • Mma fanatic

    1 strike is all it takes !! What a celebration :)! He’ll never be touched at 145! What if Melvin Guillard could make 145?? That might I mean might be a decant match! Or Christine Cyborg Santos:):) Lol

  • AmericanSpetsnaz

    Jose Aldo is one of my favorite fighters to watch, he is so dynamic in everything he does. I am sure his training with Maynard gave him a ton of confidence for this fight.

  • Wonder if Chael will run into the crowd like that after he beats Anderson.

    • b-soc

      What are you talking about? According to Chael, he’s already the champ! LOL!!!

  • This is where MikeMc1983 comes in and complains that lighter weight fighters dont have enough power to finish fights despite him being disproven 10000 times.

  • maddawgmar

    I think there is nothing more for Aldo at 145. He needs to move up and challenge for 155 championship. If anyone, Aldo can be the first unison multi-division champ. That would solidify his legacy. Silva had a chance to do it when he was taking light heavyweight fights but it’s to late for him. GSP could do it, but he won’t. But Edgar v. Aldo could be a very interesting fight. Champion v. champion. Edgar is a natural 145er anyway but dominated the bigger guys. Great fight with legen…… Wait for it…… Dary written all over it. Make it happen Dana.

  • streetfightertoo

    Aldos got a grip on this division almost as strong as his grip on the cage!!!!!

  • downonluck

    Love it when one dimensional meets knee.