Chad Mendes Preparing For UFC 189 As Though He’s Fighting

It was released earlier this week that Jose Aldo suffered an injury that may keep him from competing in UFC 189, while it is still unknown whether or not that will happen the UFC isn’t taking any chances and has lined Chad Mendes up for the fight in Aldo is unable.

Heres what he had to say on having the chance to potentially replace Aldo for the big match:

“Basically I was chilling at home and I got a screen shot from Danny Castillo in a group text with all the guys at Team Alpha Male and it was a headliner basically saying ‘Aldo’s injured’. All of us were talking and they were like ‘you need to find out what’s happening because this could be a huge opportunity for you’. So I sent it over to my manager and an hour later I get a call and Mike (Roberts) is like ‘think you can make weight in a couple of weeks?’ and I said ‘hell yeah’, I said give me that damn contract. I’ll sign it right now,” Mendes said. “Basically we just went from there. I ended up meeting with him in his office later that day. It’s just crazy how all of this has gone down. I’ve had it happen to me in a wrestling match before and had to finish that match out and it was one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to do. It’s definitely not fun,” Mendes said. “I don’t know to what extent the injury is — is it minor, is it major? I heard there could be some cartilage damage. I wasn’t told any percentage of how much I would be fighting or not, but I’m just basically gonna get ready and treat this like I’m fighting.”

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