UFC Quick Quote: Chad Mendes sticking to his wrestling roots ahead of Jose Aldo showdown

Chad Mendes looks to dethrone Jose Aldo tonight (Jan. 14. 2012) in the main event of UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"I totally understand that you get a lot of MMA fans that don't understand the style of wrestling or they just don't like it, and everyone has an opinion. If it was up to me, of course I would go out there and knock everybody out in the first 30 seconds of a fight. I mean that's the easiest thing to do. You go through a whole camp and you go through the first 30 seconds and the fight is over. Obviously at this level guys are tough and it's not always going to happen that way. It's so much harder going a full fight. We all know wrestling is my strength, and wrestling and cardio and stand-up cardio is completely different. We're looking to exploit that. The wrestling mentality, and I think that's why some people just criticize, but the wrestling mentality is to go, go, go, get your hands on them, grind and wear them out and break them down. A lot of the time that takes a while especially because guys are in such good shape nowadays. That grind, that ability to break your opponent, just takes longer than it used to. I see the criticism, and a lot of people don't like it, but that's my style. I started wrestling when I was five years old, that's what I do, and I haven't lost a round in MMA yet, and that's just the dominating style of wrestlers. Wrestling is my strength, it's my bread and butter, and it's something I'll do till the day I die."

-- In a day and age where knockouts and submissions are all the rage, undefeated (11-0) wrestling powerhouse Chad Mendes tells MMAWeekly.com that fans should not expect a quick finish tonight (Jan. 14, 2012) at UFC 142 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, when he steps inside the Octagon to take on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight king Jose Aldo. That's because, even though the former NCAA All American wrestler would love nothing more than to score a quick win, he will do what he does best, and that's wear down his opponent and grind out a victory using his extraordinary wrestling skills, even if it takes the full 25 minutes. With four consecutive unanimous decision victories and seven out of 11 going the distance, Mendes may be at risk of being labeled as "boring" or "safe;" however, Mendes won't stray away from what brought him to where he is now, an undefeated mixed martial artist (MMA) who is one win away from becoming a UFC champion. And why should he? Mendes has yet to lose a round in MMA. Of course, the man who will stand across the cage from him has not lost a fight in 13 contests and is one of the most dangerous stand-up specialists in the game today with 12 knockout victories to his credit. Something's got to give. But what?

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