“It’s tough because Clay’s my buddy, so it was hard to just turn that off. We’re friends and we like to hang out, so it was tough to turn that off and tell myself, `You’ve got to beat this guy up.’ The goal was to go out there and finish the fight – not just because it was Clay Guida, but because I want to keep racking up those knockouts and those finishes. One thing I was really training for in that fight was the cardio part of it – Clay is known for that, and I focused a lot on that – and in that third round, I still felt great, and I was able to just pinpoint the chin, put one on it, and I was able to put him away.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC featherweight Chad Mendes is an accomplished wrestler with the ability to take most opponents down and control action from above if so desired. However, “Money” will never be mistaken for a one-dimensional grappler based on his recent run of success in the Octagon. The 28-year old has scored knockouts in a quartet of consecutive clashes since falling to champion Jose Aldo and will seek a record fifth straight on Saturday night when he locks horns with Nik Lentz at UFC on FOX 9. Mendes recently spoke to UFC.com about his upcoming tilt where he expressed confidence in his ability to end Lentz’s evening with strikes, basked in the pressure of fighting in his proverbial backyard of Sacramento, and made it clear he’s out for another crack at the title in 2014.
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