Power Rankings: Pound-for-pound
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Certainly, Chad Mendes would have loved to take the UFC featherweight belt back to Sacramento, but after a decision loss to Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro, the challenger didn't look too down with himself. Hopefully that continued when the cameras turned off. Mendes has no reason to be down on the performance he gave at UFC 179. Heading into the bout we knew, 100 percent, two things about Mendes: He's insanely athletic and an elite offensive wrestler. We thought he might be a great striker as well, but there was a hint of doubt on that one. By standing with Aldo for 25 minutes (and nearly knocking him out at one point), Mendes proved for good he is just as much of a threat on his feet as he is taking an opponent down. He has lost only twice now in his career, both to Aldo, one of which was the champion's toughest title fight to date. Mendes, even coming off a loss, deserves to be on this list.