Jose Aldo's lack of "grappling conditioning" serves as a "huge confidence booster" for Chad MendesPosted on May 5, 2011, 12:40 AM by Joey Santosus
"It's a completely different kind of conditioning when you're on the ground. His wrestling and grappling conditioning is not the same as his stand-up conditioning. Being explosive on the feet is different than grappling. I think that played a part in how tired he looked."
I just remember thinking, 'Wow. This isn't what I thought it was going to be,' That's really the only place I wanted to see this guy and getting to see it was a huge confidence booster for me. - For more from Chad Mendes on Jose Aldo, visit ESPN.com
Following Jose Aldo's successful title defense this past Saturday, UFC President Dana White revealed at the post-fight press conference in Toronto that the Brazilian's next challenger would likely be Team Alpha Male stand-out Chad Mendes. And it appears "Money" believes he's already found chink in the champ's armor.
Undefeated in his professional career, Mendes (10-0) made his octagon debut this past February, defeating Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision. Though not yet announced by the promotion, Aldo vs. Mendes is expected to be a part of the August 6th UFC 133 line-up from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.