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    Default With UFC 164 result, Chad Mendes says he's ready for Jose Aldo rematch


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    To earn his early 2012 title shot against Aldo (23-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), Mendes won four consecutive fights via decision. Since the loss, though, he's won four straight via knockout.

    "I'm excited for that rematch," said Mendes, who earned a $50,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus for his efforts at UFC 164. "I think the fighter I was when I first fought Aldo was completely different from the fighter that I am now."

    A big reason for the change is Duane Ludwig, a former UFC fighter who's earned rave reviews since taking over as head instructor for the California-based Team Alpha Male, which is home to Mendes and many of the sport's other top lighter-weight fighters.

    "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."

    Heading into Saturday's event, Aldo and Mendes were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA featherweight rankings. However, the division has no shortage of contenders, including Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson, Dustin Poirier, Darren Elkins and Nik Lentz, none of whom has fought Aldo under the UFC banner.

    Could Mendes' latest performance allow him to cut to the front of line and get a second shot?

    "I don't know," UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event. "I have no idea about that stuff tonight."

    However, the UFC head honcho believes Mendes, a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, is a marketable commodity.

    "I like Chad Mendes," he said. "Chad Mendes is charismatic. He's a good-looking kid. He's exciting. He's finishing people left and right. At the press conference, he got asked more questions than the main event or co-main event (fighters)."

    Although it probably won't translate into a title fight for his next bout, and though champ Aldo could be lined up for a champ-vs.champ bout with newly crowned lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis to put the division on hold, Mendes can take solace in the fact he's finishing fights, something he lacked and was dogged for early in his career.

    At UFC 164, all three judges had him up two rounds to none, and he could have cruised in the third to lock up the win. Instead, he didn't something 43 other opponents couldn't do to Guida.

    "I finished the fight, so I can't complain too much," Mendes said. "There were a couple of things that obviously I want to work on, but Guida is a very tough guy to prepare for. As soon as that fight started, I was trying to find his rhythm, but he's just awkward as hell. It took me a little but, but I finally found it. I knew if I could slow him down enough to just get my hands on him that I could put him down, and I got it done tonight."
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    He's earned it but I don't think I'm ready to see a rematch just yet. Lamas and Swanson both have valid arguments for the title too and I'd rather see either of them get a shot first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    He's earned it but I don't think I'm ready to see a rematch just yet. Lamas and Swanson both have valid arguments for the title too and I'd rather see either of them get a shot first.
    And long before Pettis whines his way into one as well. The way I see it is Aldo has some serious work to do starting with Llamas.
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    I don't have issues with Pettis putting the LW division on hold,it could use a few more fights to single out a better contender. But as for FW its pretty stacked at the moment,and Aldo really needs to defend that belt, or move up and vacate it.

    I think Mendes has a great chance at winning the belt, if Aldo didn't grab the fence the fight would of went a completely different direction,but it is what it is.
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    I don't have issues with Pettis putting the LW division on hold,it could use a few more fights to single out a better contender. But as for FW its pretty stacked at the moment,and Aldo really needs to defend that belt, or move up and vacate it.

    I think Mendes has a great chance at winning the belt, if Aldo didn't grab the fence the fight would of went a completely different direction,but it is what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GL Jeff View Post
    I don't have issues with Pettis putting the LW division on hold,it could use a few more fights to single out a better contender. But as for FW its pretty stacked at the moment,and Aldo really needs to defend that belt, or move up and vacate it.

    I think Mendes has a great chance at winning the belt, if Aldo didn't grab the fence the fight would of went a completely different direction,but it is what it is.
    I agree about the first Aldo/Mendes fight, but I do think Grant has done enough to get a title shot. Maybe if Melendez finishes Sanchez he has a case as well, even after losing a close split decision to Bendo.

    As for Mendes, I only see three viable options.

    1: Rematch with Aldo. Mendes' four KO streak is extremely impressive, and deserving of either a title fight or a title eliminator.
    2: Ricardo Lamas. Both have great streaks. Lamas is a bit more appealing because he's never faced Aldo. I'd like to see this fight eventually.
    3: Frankie Edgar. It's a high profile fight against a former lightweight champion who's always been tough to finish. It's a good fight to make if Lamas gets a shot.

    Either Lamas or Mendes should get the next shot at Aldo. If they end up fighting, I could see them pushing for Pettis to get the shot. Maybe Cub Swanson could face Edgar if those fights occur. He'd have an even better case for a shot if he beat Frankie convincingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    He's earned it but I don't think I'm ready to see a rematch just yet. Lamas and Swanson both have valid arguments for the title too and I'd rather see either of them get a shot first.
    I'm with this. Mendes has earned hit but he still isn't ready for Aldo again.. Make Mendes fight one huge name like Swanson or Edgar then if he wins by all means he is ready to challenge seriously to Aldo..
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    Beating Guida shouldn't get you a shot. Mendes has looked phenomenal since his last to Aldo and he is clearly #2 in the division but he needs one more win over a top opponent to get a shot IMO. Right now it is Llamas, Cub and then Mendes in the title picture. Llamas should get his shot and Mendes and Cub can scrap over the next title shot.
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