By: Chris Taylor
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo knows very well that the man he fights this weekend for a second time, Chad Mendes, has won four of his past five contests via knockout or TKO.
But those statistics haven’t made Aldo a believer in “Money’s” striking skills, as he told Combate (via Bloody Elbow) in a recent interview:
“I see no difference in his game. He’s still the same person with the same game. He’s maybe more confident but there is nothing that I can see to tell: ‘Oh, the guy has better striking now.’ No. He has never had a bout with a good striker and fought three rounds against him. In the cage, we’ll see who evolved more.”
Aldo does have a point, as Mendes’ recent knockout/TKO victories have come over Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Clay Guida, and Nik Lentz, none of whom are known for their striking skills.
Do you think Chad Mendes’ striking skills have evolved enough to dethrone the UFC’s longtime featherweight champion? Or will Jose Aldo once again rise to the occasion and prove he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet?
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By: Chris Taylor
The UFC’s return to Sweden now has it’s co-headliner, as officials announced Saturday that the Korean Zombie will meet Akira Corassani at the October 4 event.
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (13-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will fight for the first time since August of 2013, where he suffered a TKO loss (Shoulder Injury) to Jose Aldo in his bid to dethrone the champ. Prior to the loss, Jung had strung together three-straight octagon victories over opponents Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier. “KZ” was awarded “Performance of the night” bonuses for all three of those wins.
Meanwhile, Swedish featherweight fighter Akira Corassani (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will be looking to rebound from the TKO loss he suffered to Dustin Poirier in April. Prior to being finished by “The Diamond,” Corassani had put toghether a 3-fight win streak which included wins over Andy Ogle, Robbie Peralta and most recently Maximo Blanco.
UFC Fight Night 53 takes place October 4 live from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The entire event is expected to stream on UFC Fight Pass.
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By: Chris Taylor
Following his main event victory over Jeremy Stephens at Saturday’s “UFC Fight Night 44” event in San Antonio, perennial contender Cub Swanson (21-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) did a post fight interview with FOX Sports 1 where he stated his desire to rematch featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo:
“Of course I want to fight Aldo,” said Swanson. “That’s like Weidman beating Silva you know. I want to be the guy to dethrone the legend.”
Jose Aldo (24-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will rematch Chad Mendes (16-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at August’s UFC 176 event in Los Angeles, and while Cub would prefer to take the gold from “Scarface”, beating “Money” would be just fine too:
“I want to fight Aldo. But fighting for gold is fighting for gold.” stated Swanson.
Cub lost a unanimous decision to Chad Mendes at WEC 50 in 2010. So, no matter who holds the strap after UFC 176 (Mendes or Aldo), Swanson will be looking for redemption if granted a title shot.
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By: Chris Taylor
Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn recently did an interview with his website BJPENN.com, where he discussed a number of topics concerning TUF 19 and his upcoming trilogy bout with Frankie Edgar. Here is what “The Prodigy” had to say:
On His Drop to 145:
“I look at Frankie Edgar– I mean I can’t say enough good things about Frankie. As an athlete, every time he shows up he brings his A-Game. It doesn’t matter if he starts having a rough road in the beginning or having a rough road in the end or whatever it is, you know, I really respect how Frankie always pulls it together, he always brings his A-Game on fight night. So that’s for sure; we all know Frankie Edgar does that. Number two, watching Frankie’s fights, I didn’t get to see his second fight with Benson, but I heard Frankie did very, very well. A lot of people kept telling me that they really thought Frankie won the fight. Then, Frankie dropped down to 145 and fought Jose Aldo and did well, you know. Maybe, some people say it could have been a draw or Frankie was coming back. Arguably, nobody has really been able to do much to Frankie. He’s been hurt, he’s been dropped a few times. Benson dropped him. Gray dropped him. But no-one has really been able to put him away. He has two decision wins over me, and I look at him and that’s the guy I want to fight. The way it got put together, me and Dana were talking about fighting again and he asked “Why do you want to fight again, man?” I’m like, “Maybe a couple good fights and maybe see if I can earn my shot back up and maybe get a chance to redeem myself against Frankie.” And at that time, of course that wasn’t on anyone’s radar, BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. I’m sure it wasn’t on Frankie’s. I was kind of thinking about it, of course because he beat me and I want to get another shot at him, of course, everybody always thinks like that. There’s so much stuff to think about, man. I just got off the plane, sorry I lost my train of thought. My brain’s just going 1,000 MPH right now with everything.”
If He will Go to Brazil and Train w/ Andre Pederneiras at Nova Uniao for the fight:
“Yes, that will happen. We’re going to Nova Uniao, Brazil and like I said, we’re not trying to let this slip away. And I’m sure Frankie isn’t either. So, Frankie knows that if BJ really wants to avenge his loss and this and that, this is BJ’s chance. I know Frankie’s coming (prepared for the fight). You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs. Nothing to do with the weight, it’s just I really feel that Frankie hasn’t lost yet. He’s right up there, and I feel everybody says I’m supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We’re going to find out.”
If He Wants to Revisit the Fight at 155:
“At the end of the day, whatever makes the UFC comfortable. It might be a good thing for me, 145 might be the best thing to ever happen to BJ Penn. We’ll find out.”
Will BJ Penn Be Making a Run At the 145 Title?:
“I know it’s really weird for a lot of people in America to understand this, but I’ve always been a loyal guy to my Jiu-Jitsu King. Ever since Jose Aldo has hit the scene and just went on an absolute tear has busted everybody up, I never had any intentions of fighting Jose Aldo. At this point, if I fight Jose Aldo who am I fighting? I’m fighting Andre Pederneiras. I’m fighting the man who gave me my black belt. It’s just not a comfortable feeling for me. Me and Andre Pederneiras will have to sit down and talk. Jose Aldo is going to have to sit down and talk. I know Jose Aldo was just about to fight Anthony Pettis. Now, is Jose Aldo going to go up to 155 and fight Anthony Pettis or is he going to stay at 145 and defend his belt? I think with some of the decisions Aldo will make, will help me make some of my decisions myself.”
On the hypothetical situation Aldo vacates the 145 title to pursue the 155 title:
“If that happens, I really do consider that a possibility. If that happens, great. I’ll take a crack at the 145 title. If he wants to sit there and defend, then me and Dana will sit down and talk. Really, one of the main things I want to do is just get that fight with Frankie Edgar. Maybe that’s the only fight I want? Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we cross that river.”
How He Succeeds Against Edgar This Time Around:
“You know what? Anything I say right now, right here, not going to change nothing. I gotta get out there, I gotta beat Frankie Edgar— I could say 1,000 things. I could say “I’m going to choke him, this time. I’m going to take him down early. Or I improved my boxing; I can beat him in boxing now.” Nothing matters. Talk is cheap, I’ll see Frankie in April.”
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