“Eventually they’re going to have to give me another shot. I really believe everything happens for a reason. Nik Lentz was the person they put in front of me, and I’m just thankful that I get to fight on this Sacramento card – I wanted to be a part of this with the team and with the guys. I control what I can, like my training, trying to stay healthy, and doing all the positive things I can, and now I just have to get in there and do what I do best.” (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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