Although most fans were probably pretty excited to hear newly crowned lightweight champ Jose Aldo call out Jose Aldo last night at UFC 164, Mr. Chad Mendes also reminded people in violent fashion that he’s not going anywhere at 145 pounds. Mendes, of course, ensured he remained the #1 contender by taking out Clay Guida in round three. With the win, Mendes has scored four stoppage wins in a row now since he was KO’d by Aldo last January. That’s not a bad way to go about getting another title shot.
Speaking after the event, not only did Mendes relay that he’s hoping to lock up a rematch with the featherweight champ, but that he’s certain their second bout will go down quite differently than the first (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m excited for that rematch,” said Mendes, who also earned “Knockout of the Night” for the win over Guida. “I think the fighter I was when I first fought Aldo was completely different from the fighter that I am now.”
“My confidence in my hands and my standup is completely different,” the Team Alpha Male fighter added. “We have a new head coach, Duane Ludwig, and the system that we’re training now at Team Alpha Male is completely different than it was, and I’m excited to get in there and go after it.”
Unfortunately for Mendes, there’s already a bit of line-up of fighters who are waiting for a crack at Aldo. Chances are, the UFC would like to match Pettis up versus Aldo, since that fight would clearly be huge. It remains to be seen, however, how long Pettis will be out due to the knee injury he incurred last night (it’s worth noting that Aldo broke his foot during his stoppage win over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163).
Then, there’s also men like Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson, who have been on pretty impressive runs as of late. So, in other words, Mendes will likely get tapped to fight another top contender next, rather than the champ.
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