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Wednesday, 01/11/2012, 09:05 am

UFC NEWS – Jose Aldo: Mendes Is Basically Just a Younger Urijah Faber That I will Defeat


[box_light] “This will be my first time headlining at UFC. I’m very happy to be a part of this event. I’m anxious to hear the crowd screaming as I walk inside. I just can’t wait to feel that energy. About his speed, it won’t be a problem. He’s always been an explosive fighter, but I’m an explosive fighter as well. I’ve been training jiu-jitsu since I was a kid, so if we both hit the ground, I will be the one with the advantage.Chad’s style of fighting is very similar to (his coach and former Aldo challenger) Urijah Faber’s. The height, the wrestling, the way they move…they are very similar. Mendes is younger than Faber, but it’s basically the same type of fight for me. Mendes has got a disadvantage fighting me on his feet. He’s not as good a boxer as the other guys I have faced and I don’t think he can do well standing up in this fight. I will be looking for a knockout or a submission. I will defeat Chad Mendes.”[/box_light]

UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo talks about his headlining title fight against the division’s number one contender, Chad Mendes.

Having faced the mentor of Chad (Urijah Faber) and having beaten him in spectacular and brutal fashion, Aldo expects the same result this weekend in Rio.

However, Mendes has a more solid wrestling pedigree, a younger, thicker frame and is arguably more powerful than Aldo’s former opponent, Faber.

Will the champ taste defeat in front of his hometown crowd or is Mendes in for his first pro-loss?

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