This Sat., Jan. 14, 2012, UFC 142 invades the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the "Aldo vs. Mendes" fight card headlined by Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defending his strap against powerful wrestler Chad Mendes.
The challenger says he's going to use his skills to become the next 145-pound king:
"I'm looking at this kind of like a Rocky story. I'm going to go in there and fight the champion in his back yard and take it from him. He's never fought anybody with the athleticism, the strength and the wrestling background that I have. It's going to be tough for him to throw any type of submission when I'm punching him in the face. If my right hand hits him on the chin, he's going to go to sleep. I'm going to go into Brazil and I'm going to take that belt. I'm going to become the next featherweight champion of the world."
"Scarface" feels he has the edge and isn't worried about Mendes' power. Aldo plans on sending his native fans home happy:
"After I knock him out at home, the fans will go crazy with happiness. Chad Mendes is a tough fighter, he's a wrestler. But I have the advantage when standing. I'm not worried about Chad's power and strength. I'm going for a knockout or a submission. I want to leave a good impression. I will defeat Chad Mendes, especially at home."
Just a few days away from fight night, Maniacs. Who ya' got?