Mendes say Aldo has the edge

Former title challenger Chad Mendes believes Jose Aldo will have an edge over Conor McGregor in Saturday's featherweight title unification bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas.

Mendes has fought both men; losing to Aldo via knock-out in his first challenge in January 2012 before suffering a unanimous decision loss in his second shot at the Brazilian in October 2014.

In July Mendes stepped in to face McGregor on short notice after Aldo was ruled out with a rib injury, but went on to lose the interim featherweight title bout via knockout.

Aldo and McGregor will finally meet on Saturday, and Mendes told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the champion's better wrestling and jiujitsu could earn him the victory.

"I think both these guys can cause some issues for each other. I mean, Conor has his long reach, he's southpaw, he uses pressure well. Aldo's very explosive, and he's dangerous on the feet everywhere,” he said.

“The one thing I see Aldo having over Conor is the ground game. We'll see what happens mentally when both guys get in there. This is a fight I'm really excited for.

"Getting in there and fighting against both of these guys, I felt their mental and their physical, and it's going to be an exciting fight."

Mendes will face former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar (who Aldo beat via unanimous decision in February 2013), in a number one contender bout on Friday.

The winner will face the victor of Saturday's title bout, and while Mendes expects it to be Aldo; he also doesn't have any preference.

"I basically just want to fight whoever has the belt. That strap is the ultimate goal. I've been close a couple times. I've tasted it," he said.