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Jose Aldo Likely to Defend UFC Featherweight Title Against Chad Mendes Next

After seeing UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo outpoint Kenny Florian to retain his title in Saturday’s UFC 136 co-main event, UFC President Dana White is “pretty sure” Chad Mendes will challenge Aldo next, unless lightweight champ (and fellow UFC 136 winner) Frankie Edgar drops to 145-pounds.

“I’m pretty sure [Aldo will fight Mendes next],” White said after UFC 136. “But we’ll see. Maybe Frankie calls me and says he wants to move to 145. We’ll see what happens.”

While his title shot isn’t yet official, the unbeaten Mendes is already discussing the likely fight, telling MMAFighting he sees his wrestling as the difference in the matchup.

“I think with my wrestling credentials, my strength, my athleticism, I don’t think he’s faced anybody like that yet,” Mendes said. “And for me to get in there, put him on his back and take him out of his comfort zone, I think that’s going to be key to beating a guy like that. He’s the guy that everyone looks at as unbeatable, and he’s got this hype around him like no one can beat him. I want to be the guy to get in there and take that belt from him.”

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