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Jose Aldo’s Next Probable Challenger Chad Mendes Confident He Can Beat the Champ On The Ground

(Mendes thinks he can expose Aldo on the ground using his wrestling prowess)

Number one UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes watched Jose Aldo grind out a decision win over Mark Hominick live at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and walked away from the event with the confidence that he can beat the previously thought invincible UFC featherweight champion.

Mendes told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto yesterday that he isn’t buying the excuse that the Aldo was sick going into the bout or that the strain of cutting weight after adding muscle the past several months left him in a weakened state strength and conditioning-wise.

“The weight cut might have been part of it but I’m sticking with it’s a completely different kind of conditioning when you’re on the ground. His wrestling and grappling conditioning is not the same as his standup conditioning,” Mendes explained. “Being explosive on the feet is different than grappling, with the squeezing and pushing and pulling. It’s different on your muscles. We haven’t seen him on the ground a lot and I think that played a part in how tired he looked.”

The morale boost the fight gave him will be a great springboard for Mendes to begin camp for his eventual clash with Aldo at a yet-to-be-determined date.

“I just remember thinking, ‘Wow. This isn’t what I thought it was going to be,’” Mendes recalled. “Honestly, it’s what I wanted to see, though. We haven’t seen anybody get on top of him or him do much grappling.That’s really the only place I wanted to see this guy and getting to see it was a huge confidence booster for me.”

UFC president Dana White announced during the post-fight press conference Saturday night that Mendes is likely next in line for a shot at the belt, but “Money” reveals that his shot has been secured for a while.

“My manager started talking to Dana [White] about this about a month ago,” Mendes said. “I was just telling somebody I can’t believe it’s already here – fighting for a UFC world title. I’ve only been fighting for less than three years. It’s awesome. I’m pumped.”

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Jonny5- May 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm
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uzitotinbaby- May 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm
If Aldo doesn't get his conditioning in order, sure Chad can exploit that, but Brown and Faber couldn't take Aldo down, so I doubt Chad can either.
Onan- May 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm
I guess ol' Chadster just watched the last round of that fight.
Kid Clam Curtains- May 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Aldo is not new to grappling dude. I'm sure he's familiar with the conditioning of grappling considering his jj background. Or by grappling does he mean wrestling?

Mendes is a beast but I still think Aldo humbles him.
PERPATRAITOR- May 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Mendes punches much harder than Faber. Much harder.
Cup Cheick- May 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Well we are forgetting one key factor.. Mendes is sick at doing anything involving a somersault. How often does Aldo train against the ever allusive "front flip into full mount technique".
Cup Cheick- May 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Can't blame him for being confident I guess..
BallsDeep- May 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Ya Faber is a wrestler and he did real well against Aldo...
LOKI- May 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Mood- May 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm
I see this playing out exactly like the Faber fight. Guy had best bring himself some armored leg plating.
frndlylion- May 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm
I think Mendes is forgetting the fact it took 4 rounds of beating the crap out of each other for Hominick to get Aldo to his back like that and, he took a pretty good beating in the process of getting it there.
I dont think Mendes is as good of a striker as Hominick. He is going to have a tougher time of it on the feet for sure and that may be the difference in the later rounds.
Fried Taco- May 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Want to test your conditioning Chad? Try training jiu-jitsu in Manaus.
AlFyiavb- May 4, 2011 at 11:54 am