After watching his Team Alpha Male teammate TJ Dillashaw defeat Renan Barao to become the new UFC bantamweight champion, Chad Mendes is as ready as he will ever be to get his second shot at UFC gold when he takes on Jose Aldo at UFC 176 in August.
The two men first met at UFC 142, where Aldo knocked Mendes out in the waning seconds of the first round with a brutal knee. Since that day, Mendes has reeled off five straight victories, including four TKO/KO’s.
Mendes’ striking is on another level from where it was the first time he met Aldo, and that is due in large part to coach Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig and his muay thai training.
Ironically, Aldo got upset earlier this week after he saw an Instagram post where someone on Team Alpha Male filled in Renan Barao’s name on a list for Ludwig’s muay thai classes. The joke of course is that Barao could use some help from Ludwig after getting thoroughly handled on the feet by Dillashaw at UFC 173.
Mendes caught wind of Aldo’s tirade, and responded with this poignant tweet to the featherweight champion:
— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 3, 2014
Obviously, these two men are ready to step into the Octagon and put their hands on each other. In fact, this little rivalry and back and forth could sell a few more pay-per-views come August, and that is music to the UFC’s ears.