At UFC 164 this past Saturday, Chad Mendes picked up his fourth straight KO/TKO win, becoming the only fighter to ever finish Clay Guida with strikes. Still the number one contender in the division, Mendes rightfully believes that his latest victory has earned him a title shot.
“I think I needed to go out there and finish Clay and make a statement that I am the best 145-pounder in the world, and I think I did that,” Mendes said in an interview with Fox Sports. “I think the next thing for me is that title shot.”
“It feels like a dream,” Mendes added, “It’s crazy. I was expecting to finish [Guida], that was my goal, but four in a row, I just feel like ever time I step out of the Octagon lately I just have the same feeling. It’s cool.”
Jose Aldo, the current champion, is still the only loss on Mendes’s 16 fight record.
Mendes isn’t worried though.
“I’m excited for that rematch,” Mendes told MMAjunkie.com. “I think the fighter I was when I first fought Aldo was completely different from the fighter that I am now.”
“My confidence in my hands and my standup is completely different,” he said. “We have a new head coach, Duane Ludwig, and the system that we’re training now at Team Alpha Male is completely different than it was, and I’m excited to get in there and go after it.”
In a post-event media scrum, UFC president Dana White said he was unsure if Aldo vs Mendes would be the next fight in the division. Although, he did admit that he thinks very highly of the top contender.
“I like Chad Mendes,” he said. “Chad Mendes is charismatic. He’s a good-looking kid. He’s exciting. He’s finishing people left and right. At the press conference, he got asked more questions than the main event or co-main event [fighters].”
If Aldo isn’t paired in a super fight with the newly crowned Anthony Pettis though, a rematch with Mendes seems like the logical match up. With his past four wins, Mendes has certainly earned it.