With 11-0 Chad Mendes up next in the long line of talented contenders UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has thus far fended off with relative ease, the Team Alpha Male representative has already started studying the belt-wearing Brazilian in anticipation of their future fight.
Mendes recently offered up his assessment of Aldo’s performance this past weekend at UFC 136 where he supported the notion Kenny Florian could have actually emerged a winner based on what he saw.
“Kenny definitely could have won that fight,” Mendes explained to MMAJunkie. “I just think it was probably the weight cut. You could tell he slowed down, and it looked like he got a little weak throughout the fight… If he was able to keep that same pace and the strength that he had throughout that first round, he would have been able to beat Aldo. But I think he just kind of faded off.”
Not only did Mendes like what he saw from Florian but what he didn’t see from Aldo – an overwhelmingly good takedown defense, a factor that has the accomplished grappler salivating like a lion in front of an injured gazelle.
“(Florian’s win was) just another fight to build my confidence,” said the 26-year old Californian. “That and the Mark Hominick fight…seeing that Aldo can be taken down.”
“He’s going to be uncomfortable being on his back. That’s my strength, and that’s where I want to put him,” he concluded.
The undefeated youngster, who mentioned his interest in rounding out the top of a Super Bowl Weekend card against Aldo, is 2-0 since joining the UFC after picking up four wins under WEC’s banner. Both victories were the result of decisions, the most recent of which occurred in August against Rani Yahya at UFC 133.
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