Aldo: Mendes doesn’t deserve rematch yet

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Although Chad Mendes is an impressive 4-0 since his first loss to Jose Aldo, the champion doesn’t believes Mendes has done enough yet to merit another title shot:

“If I were Lamas, I wouldn’t fight anyone and just wait for my opportunity,” he said. “He was supposed to fight me already but then (Anthony) Pettis got himself in the middle. Lamas should wait, this is his moment. But it they decide to do a rematch between Lamas and Swanson to see who fights me, that’s ok too.”

Asked about Chad Mendes, who has knocked out four opponents since losing to Jose Aldo on 2012, the Brazilian said he’s not quite there yet, despite the fact that he has finished the likes of Clay Guida and Darren Elkins.

“Chad Mendes is still starting, haven’t fought anyone ranked yet, only fought guys that are not that good,” he said. “He’s coming off good wins, but he hasn’t beaten good guys. So I believe the next two should be Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson.”

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Four straights wins is impressive, however Aldo may be right as Mendes has finished four straight fighters, none of which are considered near the top of the featherweight division.