You're a funny little man who has no idea what he's talking about.
To say Mendes hasn't improved very much is hilarious. You're right, the competition he faced on his way back to the title isn't that
great, but he still destroyed them all except for Lentz.
So, you're telling me to be more realistic but yet you're making it out to say that Mendes has little to no chance against Jose Aldo. Hmm, that's pretty realistic of you to say, implying a fighter doesn't stand a chance is very, very unrealistic.
Mendes has improved a lot. His overall striking actually has improved. He has more than just a right hand now, he actually throws some pretty good combinations now. But more importantly, his footwork has improved which is very important. If Mendes' footwork didn't improve, he would be the exact same fighter he was back in his first meeting against Aldo. He uses his footwork very well to set up his strikes.
You may as well say that Dennis Bermudez hasn't improved since losing to Diego Brandao as well.
Technically-speaking, Mendes isn't close to Aldo in the striking department and we all know that Aldo's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is pretty high level and much better than Mendes'. But Chad's timing with his TD's is awesome and always has been, only now he sets it up with his footwork and strikes better than ever.
I'm not saying Mendes will go in there and beat Aldo but to say he only has a punchers chance? get the hell out of here with that shit. Mendes is one of the best in the world. Mendes is one of the biggest threats to Aldo in the division and I know you won't believe that because people like to try to say some champions, especially Aldo, is invincible.
I say Mendes has more than just a punchers chance against Aldo. He's very skilled, he's very explosive and has serious power in his hands. His wrestling is top notch and his cardio is much better than some people like to think it is.
It's going to be a far more competitive fight than the first time in my opinion. I'm not going to say that as a fact because guess what? I'm being realistic.
In a way, I like to think of Mendes like he's a less polished version of TJ Dillashaw. I say that because Dillashaw's striking is beautiful and far better than Mendes' and his wrestling game is solid. And Aldo on the other hand is a more polished version of Renan Barao, technically-speaking, he's light years ahead of Barao in the striking dept.
Mendes has the skills to beat Aldo whether it's a knock out, or a decision. Again - he has the speed and power/explosiveness to make it a short night, so does Aldo, of course. Mendes has his top notch wrestling, he may just take Aldo down and batter him early on, or later in the fight and possibly take home a decision. We don't know what's going to happen. Mendes' striking is finally starting to come along, but his overall wrestling/grappling? he's solid in that aspect. If he can take Aldo down and keep him there, especially early on, then Aldo is in serious trouble.
Mendes trains with one of the very best teams in the world, as does Aldo. If you think Mendes only has a 'punchers chance,' then you're the one being unrealistic. Mendes is dangerous everywhere, don't be a fool. Anything can happen in this sport.
Sadly, if Mendes wins, you, as well as tons of other people, will be all over his nuts and act like you knew he was going to win or some shit like that.
Mendes beating Aldo isn't really that crazy when you think about it. He's one of the best in the division, he has the tools to beat anybody in the division. Stylistically, I think he's a very tough match-up for Aldo.
It wouldn't surprise me if Mendes beats Aldo. Whether it's a knock out or if it's a decision, just like it wouldn't surprise me if Aldo beats Mendes whether it's a knock out or decision. Anything can happen, these are the two best featherweights in the world and Mendes has looked outstanding lately since the first fight.
But again - every champion is 'invincible'.. until they lose.
Try keeping it a bit realistic at least there, bub.