UFC Champ Jose Aldo Blasts Chad Mendes in Open Letter
By FCF Staff
As Jose Aldo continues to recover from the injury, which pulled him from the eventually doomed UFC 176, the featherweight champ has taken time to write a fiery letter to Chad Mendes.
The pound-for-pound contender wrote the letter in response to recent comments from Mendes on “The MMA Hour”, who insinuated Aldo exaggerates the severity of his injuries.
Here is some of Aldo’s open letter, which originally appeared at Globo.com’s Combate (as translated by MMA Junkie)
I saw a statement in which you thought it was disrespectful for me to jump into the arms of my fans after knocking you out in Brazil. But wasn’t it you who, one week before calling me disrespectful, said that perhaps this time you’ll be the one running into the crowd as I did in Rio?
Concerning my injuries, maybe I have so many because I’m probably not taking the same ‘supplements’ you take. I have injuries because I work very hard to beat your ass as I did last time…I did all the necessary medical tests, but if now you are also a doctor, I can send the exams for you to evaluate. Maybe you could prescribe one of your supplements for me to get better faster…
Also I heard talk that you’d even fight for an interim belt. I guess you don’t want to wait for me, but that doesn’t make much sense because (Anthony) Pettis hasn’t fought since August of last year, due to injury, and we haven’t seen an interim lightweight belt. Cain (Velasquez) hasn’t fought since last October, and will only fight again in November. And as you well know, I already fought this year, in February (I beat Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169). There are still many months left until the end of this year and, even then, it would be less time than both Pettis and Cain have been inactive.
You seem most eager to only fight at home, and you refuse to fight me in Brazil. I got injured in Brazil before facing Frankie (Edgar) and I still went to Las Vegas to fight. I already fought there in your home (Sacramento) against your teacher (Urijah Faber); I fought in (Mark) Hominick ‘s home in front of 55,000 people; I fought in Japan, and in Europe. And you’re saying that you will be champion? A champion does not choose opponents or locations, so now I ask you who is the real COWARD?
Aldo-Mendes II is expected to be rebooked for some time in October, as its believed the champion will be recovered from his neck injury at that juncture.
In their first meeting at UFC 142, in January, 2012, Aldo knocked Mendes out in the first round.