Jose Aldo has defeated and arguably dominated all contenders for his featherweight title. He’s done so, so long that he now has a similar problem that other long running champs Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva have ran into as well. Rematches.
Chad Mendes may have lost his title fight via first round knockout to Jose Aldo in Jan 2012, but since his sole loss, “Money” has pulled off four straight knockouts, now including the first finish of Clay Guida at UFC 164. Even so, the champs not interested.
“Chad Mendes is still starting, haven’t fought anyone ranked yet, only fought guys that are not that good. He’s coming off good wins, but he hasn’t beaten good guys. So I believe the next two should be Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson.”
Not a bad call. Rematches are usually not as intriguing as a fresh match-up. That only applies to Lamas however. Swanson may have recently pulled off four knockouts and a decision since his loss to Lamas, but he has also lost to Aldo in the WEC during a title eliminator bout. Aldo seems to assure that Lamas is the divisions stand-out contender.
“If I were Lamas, I wouldn’t fight anyone and just wait for my opportunity. He was supposed to fight me already but then (Anthony) Pettis got himself in the middle. Lamas should wait, this is his moment. But it they decide to do a rematch between Lamas and Swanson to see who fights me, that’s ok too.” – MMAFighting
Despite who the champ wants, the final decision leans on the organization. In this case, ‘Scarface’ may get what he wants. The real question is when will we see the originally purposed Aldo vs. Pettis fight?