Chad Mendes hasn't met a test yet in his ten-fight career that he couldn't pass, but there are few predicting he'll pass the one he's up against next.
The undefeated Team Alpha Male product will be challenging fearsome UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for his title and, as if that weren't enough, he'll be doing so on enemy territory. Mendes meets Brazil native Aldo, unbeaten across thirteen fights and four title defenses, this weekend in Rio de Janeiro in the main event of UFC 142 - so you can add a hostile crowd to the list of obstacles Mendes will be facing this weekend.
Still, despite all he's up against, Mendes believes that he's the one who comes into the fight with the upper hand. His opponent has shown no glaring holes in his game and has repeatedly demonstrated ruthless, efficient finishing skills against all opponents of all kinds, but Mendes doesn't think that the 20-1 Aldo has faced anyone quite like himself.
"Jose Aldo is a great champion, but I don't think he's fought anybody with the athleticism, the strength, and the wrestling background that I have," says Mendes. "I don't shoot; I blast people off their feet with my takedowns. I'm going to go to Brazil and I'm going to take that belt from Aldo. I'm the next featherweight champion of the world. It happens for me this Saturday and it is time to prove myself."
Mendes will take on Aldo this Saturday night at the HSBC Arena in Rio; don't forget to check back on FightLine for our live, ongoing coverage of the event that evening.
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