Since Chad “Money” Mendes has taken out four straight opponents now, after he was blasted by Jose Aldo at UFC 142, it’s not surprising to see people talking about a possible rematch. Sure, other featherweights like Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson get mentioned as possible opponents for the champ, but Mendes has certainly blasted his way back into the title shot mix.

One man, however, who intends to throw a massive wrench into the plans of “Money” is Mr. Nik Lentz, who has won three straight fights now since dropping down from 155. Most recently, at UFC on FX 8 in May, he handed Hacran Dias a UD loss. The Nova Uniao fighter had won nine scraps in a row prior to the bout.

At Thursday’s UFC on FOX 9 presser, here’s some of what Lentz had to say about his December 14th bout with Mendes, and his prospects at 145 (quotes via MMA

“It feels really good, especially since I moved down to 145 pounds, I’m a completely different person,” he said. “You know, people don’t know it yet is I’m going to be the hardest guy that Chad’s ever fought. That’s guaranteed — and that includes Jose Aldo.

‘When it comes to this fight, I’m super-excited about it. [The UFC] called me, I already had a fight scheduled. They said there’s an opportunity, and maybe we could get you to fight Chad Mendes if you want it. I told them, sign it up, whatever I’ve got to do. Whatever I’ve got to sign, sign it up. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this on the main card, to show that I’m a brand new person since changing to American Top Team at 145 pounds, I’m telling you guys — I’m the man at 145 pounds. Nobody’s going to stop me in here.”

How about that for some self promotion? It’s going to be really interesting to see how Lentz-Mendes plays out. A win for Lentz would likely propel him up the top ten ranks.

Stay tuned to Caged for all your UFC news.