Current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has his mind on other things than his fight with Chad Mendes in August at UFC 176, he has his focus on the recent defeated Renan Barao’s loss to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173 for the bantamweight belt. Aldo says that payback is coming for Mendes, who has apparently disrespected Barao.
Mendes talks about Also evolving as a fighter:
“Honestly, watching his last fights, I couldn’t see any sign of evolution. He basically bets on what he is good and he’s always doing the same things. I think that this fight will be excited for the fans because of that, since I have completely changed. There are so much things that I’ve learned in the stand up game. Even my Wrestling is better. There was a moment in our first fight that I took him down and I felt a size difference because I was a lot smaller than him at that time but now this difference won’t be that big. I know that I have an athletic capacity to face him equally, possibly higher than his capacity. I feel that my striking, my Jiu-Jitsu and my Wrestling are better now. I feel that I’m now a well rounded martial artist.”
Jose Aldo, the UFC’s dominant featherweight champion, will defend his belt in a rematch against top-ranked contender Chad Mendes of Sacramento on Aug. 2 at Staples Center in UFC 176. Aldo (24-1) is the UFC’s second-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. He has won his last 16 fights. He last fought at UFC 169 in February, beating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision for the featherweight title. Tickets for UFC 176 went on sale June 13.