As their October 25th, rematch approaches, things have gotten pretty, pretty, heated between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, and the latter apparently thinks it’s evidence that he’s getting to the UFC featherweight champ.
For some time now, Mendes and Aldo have been hurling verbal shots at one another, and it seems quite clear the two don’t exactly care for one another. Then, at a media event in August, Aldo pushed Mendes as the two faced off for photos. Aldo proceeded to claim he only did it as a means to promote the fight, but “Money” evidently isn’t buying it…
While appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour’, here is some of what Mendes had to say about Aldo and his excuse for THE push (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think that’s bull,” he said. “[Aldo] lost his temper, he lost his cool and that’s never happened before. So he’s trying to backtrack and cover that up, like, we were just trying to sell the fight. If that was the case, if you were trying to sell the fight, you wouldn’t come out and say that afterwards. That was him backpedaling for sure.”
“For me it’s basically me thinking I’m in his head, man,” he said. “We’ve never seen Aldo do this with any opponent. I think he feels threatened in his head, which is right where I want to be. When you get into a stare-off and the guy shoves you or pushes you, it’s kind of funny to me. That’s our job, and that’s what we’re supposed to do. If you don’t want to be there, don’t do the damn stare down. It’s just funny to me to see him get frustrated and lose his cool.”
Aldo isn’t really known for getting involved in trash talk heading into a fight, and hasn’t had a lot of heated rivalries either, so maybe Mendes is in his head…Whether or not that even affects the champ’s performance at UFC 179, however, remains to be seen.
Mendes also admitted in the interview that he’s seen Aldo’s thunderous, knockout victory over him now “a thousand times.” Since footage of that knee instantly went viral and has been used in a bazillion promo reels, it’s not surprising to hear that.
Mendes has gone 5-0 since he was defeated by Aldo to lock up a title shot, which includes stoppage wins over Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Darren Elkins and Clay Guida. Mendes also holds a decision win over Nik Lentz during that time.
The champ, meanwhile has scored wins over Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and most recently Ricardo Lamas.
That fight could be fantastic.
UFC 179 will go down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.