Anthony Pettis has added himself to the growing list of fighters who want to fight featherweight champ Jose Aldo next, Chad Mendes certainly didn’t lose any ground in the rankings last night at UFC 164 either, by taking out Clay Guida in round three. Although the MMA world may be buzzing about the newly crowned lightweight champ’s callout, and for good reason, Mendes has also made it known he’s hoping to fight the 145 pound champ again.
Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Mendes had this to say about fighting Aldo one more time, and why he believes their rematch won’t go the same route (you may recall that Aldo KO’d him in the opening round at UFC 142) (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m excited for that rematch,” said Mendes. “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,” he said. “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.”
It’s hard to argue with Mendes in terms of the improvements he’s made to his stand-up. Prior to facing Aldo, Mendes had won four of his five fights under the ZUFFA banner (WEC and UFC) by decision, and since the loss, he’s won four straight fights and all by knockout or TKO. Not bad.
Of course, in addition to Pettis, Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson are also hoping to throw down with Aldo, so Mendes may have some more work to do before getting another crack at the belt.
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