Chad Mendes plans to drop to 135 after a rematch with Aldo
Chad Mendes is considering to made the transition to 135 after another attempt at Aldo's featherweight belt
Perennial featherweight contender Chad “Money” Mendes is planning to move to bantamweight after a rematch with Jose Aldo. Mendes, who has won 4 straight bouts by knockout, believes that it will be just a matter of time before he avenges the only loss in his career. He was doing well in that fight until he got caught by a devastating knee in the dying seconds of the first round.
“That’s actually something I have considered, and I definitely could,” Mendes said when asked about a possible move to bantamweight. “I’m not the biggest 145-pounder. I think I’m probably medium-sized for 145, but I could definitely make 135 if need be. But yeah, I’d like to make another run, hopefully win the belt at 145, defend it a few times and then depending on what my body says, if it allows it, I’d like to go down to 135, too.”
Mendes has been hell bent on redeeming himself after the loss to Aldo. Since then, he has finished all of his four opponents including Clay Guida, who has not been stopped by strikes prior to their fight. Money was supposed to fight Aldo for his next octagon appearance but a foot injury removed the champ for a possible rematch in Sacramento this coming December. Mendes was offered to fight Nik Lentz while Aldo is currently in the talks of a title defense against Ricardo Lamas on UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend event.
Before a rematch with Aldo, Mendes must face another tough challenge in Nik Lentz. The 29 year old Texas native is no push over, he has been a major force after dropping to the featherweight division. He is currently unbeaten at 135 and his octagon experience would certainly provide an interesting challenge to Mendes.
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