"There's nothing more motivating than fighting for your fans. I was really glad with their support and affection. Fans are good all over the world, but here in Brazil it's special. There'll be great fights, great MMA names. Jose Aldo is the man to be defeated on his division, like Anderson."
-- Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua, via Tatame.com, pays the ultimate compliment to current UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, comparing him to 185-pound kingpin, Anderson Silva. "The Spider," who is regarded by many to be the consensus number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is definitely atop the totem pole of mixed martial arts (MMA). Having won 15 straight fights, including a record breaking 14 consecutive in the Octagon to accompany nine title defenses (also a record) there's no denying Silva is the man many aspire to be like in the sport. Aldo, on the other hand, is also riding an impressive streak, winning 13 in a row dating back to his dominant run with the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion, which is coupled with five straight title defenses. Like Silva, he has not tasted defeat in more than five years. Coincidentally enough, Aldo often trains alongside Silva over at Team Blackhouse. Evidently, iron does indeed sharpen iron. "Scarface" will try to extend his win streak and continue his ascension to the top pound-for-pound ranks when he takes on undefeated wrestling powerhouse Chad Mendes this weekend (Jan. 14, 2012) at UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes," live from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. At the young age of 25 and with plenty of years of competing ahead of him, can Aldo one day surpass his Brazilian counterpart as the greatest MMA fighter of all time?