Chad Mendes has said that he'll be talking to the referee before his hotly anticipated rematch with UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.
Their initial fight at UFC 142 was shrouded in controversy after Aldo grabbed the fence of the cage in order to avoid a takedown attempt from Mendes.
A minute later, Aldo finished the fight with a brutal knee.
"We're definitely going to be talking to the refs beforehand this time, and I'm really going to be working on getting takedowns out in the open.
“It sucks looking back on it,” Mendes recently told MMAjunkie. “I’ve watched that fight multiple times, and it pisses me off every time. I mean, that definitely would have changed at least the first round.
The two will headline the UFC 176 card on August 2, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and it's one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
Mendes has talked a big game in the run up and after five straight wins since, including four by knockout, he is ready to be the first man to stop Aldo in nearly nine years.
Aldo is undefeated in the featherweight division and his only career loss came in a lightweight clash back in November 2005.
Mendes isn't blaming just Aldo though and his warning of making sure he gets takedowns away from the cage extends to the entire division.
“A lot of those guys out there, you take them down against the cage, and they're grabbing it every time,” Mendes said. “It’s definitely something we're going to be focusing on.”
If Mendes can remain on top of his game and avoid strikes like the knee of Aldo, it should be the biggest test that Aldo has had in years.
Maybe seeing teammate, TJ Dillashaw upsetting Renan Barao's undefeated streak to capture the UFC Bantamweight title will motivate Mendes to do the same.
It will be the last time that coach, Duane 'Bang' Ludwig will corner Mendes as a member of Team Alpha Male and seeing as he played a crucial part in Dillashaw's win, there will be hopes he can do the same, which would be a fantastic boost to his new gym.
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