Knowing Chad Mendes undefeated record stems primarily from his elite wrestling background, UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo has sought out the aid of top lightweight Gray Maynard in preparation for UFC 142 in January of 2012.
Although Mendes received All-American and Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year honors in College, Gray “The Bully” Maynard is no slouch either when it comes to wrestling. Aldo hopes to receive the experience of a wrestler whose collegiate wrestling accolades include being a three time All-American and 11th all-time in Michigan State University’s wrestling records. The help of sparring with a heavier, more experienced training partner, will undoubtedly prepare the already talented Jose Aldo in takedown defense and ground transitioning.
“We have a big interest in bringing Maynard to train with me. “He has such strong wrestling (base) and we want people that (have) the same game Chad Mendes does. Mendes is a competitive and hard guy to fight. Me and Maynard have been in touch since UFC 136, and he also said it’s his will to train with us at Nova Uniao, but nothing is confirmed thus far, especially because of the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m waiting for the answer.”
Even though he is waiting in the wings for Maynard to accept his invitation, the humble Aldo knows that at fight time, it is anyone’s game.
“Each fighter has a special value and I don’t say that someone is better than the other…It depends on the day and the condition of the fighter. It’s hard to say someone is better than someone.”
Jose Aldo hopes to remain champion come January 14th, where he will finally make his debut as the main event in Rio de Janiero, Brazil’s HSBC Arena.
“I’ve been asking Dana White and he promised me a main event. The time has come and nothing is better to be here in Brazil, where I was born and raised. I’m really looking forward to this day.”
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