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Tuesday, 07/03/2012, 03:27 am

Chad Mendes: ‘I Hate Losing Anything’ | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Chad Mendes in an interview with MMAWeeklyRadio.

Chad Mendes went (30-0) undefeated record in his senior year at Cal Poly as the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country at 141 pounds.

In the NCAA finals he was facing No. 6 seed J. Jaggers from The Ohio State University and what happened next would stay with Mendes forever. Jaggers defeated Mendes on points (5-2) and took the 2008 NCAA Championship.

In mixed martial arts competition Mendes was a perfect (11-0) going into the title bout against Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142 which would ultimately be his first MMA loss.

Mendes states that he hates losing but also uses these types of experiences as motivations to make him better whether it be Wrestler or MMA Fighter.

“I went undefeated that whole year, that was my senior year, went undefeated that whole year, lost that match, and I haven’t lost anything since that match. That’s two times I’ve lost at anything that I’ve done competitively as a sport in four years. It’s been a while, but it’s those things that kind of keep you grounded. Keeps your toes on the ground, keeps you sharp,”

“It’s a tough situation, I hate losing anything. I’m super competitive. A lot of the guys on our team, T.J. Dillashaw is one of these types too, but it’s something that I absolutely hate. It kind of eats me up inside knowing that I made a mistake and just being that close to that belt.”

In a competitive first round at UFC 142 Mendes ran into a perfectly timed knee knocking him out.

“I’ve looked back on that fight with Aldo and looked at the mistake I made, and it’s on my mind and hopefully it doesn’t happen again,”

One thing Mendes does not want to let happen is let the loss against Aldo define him and he does not want to be the guy who freezes when the stakes are high.

“I try to look at the positives. I mean I got in there and fought one of the best pound-for-pound fighters and truthfully I feel like I was winning that round, so I felt like my cardio was good, it was the best I’d ever felt for a fight, both mentally and physically, and I’m taking that kind of training the stuff I learned in that camp, the mind preparation, and studying my opponents and transferring that now to all my fights,”

“It sucks that I lost, but I performed to where I needed to be and where I wanted to be, but I just got caught.”

Mendes next faces Cody McKenzie at UFC 148, McKenzie is making the drop to Featherweight for the first time and 11 of his 13 victories come via guillotine. However Mendes is focused and plans to make a statement to get back into title contention.

“I’ve just got to go out there and beat the crap out of him, hands down,” said Mendes. “I’ve got to finish this fight. It’s something that I want to do; it’s something that I’m training really hard to do.”

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6 Responses to “Chad Mendes: ‘I Hate Losing Anything’ | UFC News”

  1. Xaninho says:

    Just got caught? No he didn’t just got caught! It wasn’t a fluke!

    Aldo knew this wrestler would go for a takedown and planted his knee in his face.Nothing to do with getting caught, you got owned!

    • danielrchargers says:

      hell yeah he did.
      Chad is a fool for thinking that.
      Jose new all this clown had was his takedowns so all aldo had to do and did do was Plant a Nuclear Knee oh his his Major Money face.

  2. JP says:

    I hope Cody goes out there and chokes him out lol

  3. Wrestler66 says:

    I hope Mendes goes out and thrashes McKenzie and gets back to where he belongs !

  4. WrestlingRules says:

    Aldo got lucky. Mendes would have ragdolled him. Next time Aldo will be annihilated..

    • Xaninho says:

      You and your ragdolls…Do you still play with dolls or something?

      Mendes wasn’t ragdolling anyone in that fight dude. He was outclassed every step of the way and finished off with a nice knee to the face once he decided to go for a takedown to avoid the actual fight.

      Wrestlers are done in MMA. They’re little takedown and hump until the bell rings technique is not enough anymore.

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