Chad Mendes Is Confident About His Fight With Jose Aldo
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.06.2014
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In an interview with USA Today (via MMA Junkie), Chad Mendes (16-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) said that he's confident about his UFC 176 fight against Jose Aldo, which takes place on August 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It is a rematch from UFC 142, in which Aldo knocked out Mendes with a knee. Mendes thinks that if the two were separated by referee Mario Yamasaki in the final moments, the knockout wouldn't have happened. Yamasaki gave Aldo a verbal warning when he grabbed the cage.
Mendes how Yamasaki getting involved may have cost him the first fight: "In my mind, that played a big role (in the loss). There was one second left in that round, and obviously (the knockout) wouldn't have happened, because the time left would have been me on top of him."
Herb Dean on fixing the issues with referees: "I think it's something we're always working on. The fouls that we used to have before, we're not seeing as much."
Mendes' manager Mike Roberts on Mendes being confident: "The first fight, Chad's whole game plan was to take Aldo down. Now, Chad gets to decide where it gets to go, and he's just as confident standing up as he is on the ground."