Both Ricardo Lamas and Chad Mendes have had their opportunities to derail Jose Aldo atop the UFC’s featherweight division.
Next weekend, the two will square off with hopes of getting another shot at the belt when they meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 63.
Lamas (15-3) has picked up two straight wins since his early 2014 decision loss to Aldo, including a November submission over Dennis Bermudez. In facing Mendes, the Chicago-native is hoping to make a statement with another spectacular finish.
“I’m going for a KO,” said Lamas, during a recent appearance on Submission Radio. “I’m going to give people what they want to see and everyone wants to see a knockout.
“I think that I stand well against him in any division of the sport. Whether we’re standing up, on the ground, whatever.”
Since coming over from the WEC in 2011, Lamas has registered six wins, including four finishes. He’s topped the likes of Bermudez, Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki and Cub Swanson over that time.
Mendes, though, will be his toughest foe to date outside of Aldo. The Team Alpha Male fighter has challenged twice for the belt and is 7-0 in non-Aldo fights inside the Octagon.
“I think I stack up well against anyone,” he said. “I’m a very tenacious fighter and I keep moving forward, and the more damage you do to me, it kind of fuels me to keep going.
“I push past pain, I push past fatigue and that’s going to be one of my biggest strengths going into this fight. I think it’s going to be a great fight for all the fans to see.”