“Hell no! I don’t see it as a distraction at all. It’s so awesome. I got to fight in Sacramento one other time – the only pay-per-view WEC ever did. I took the fight on short notice, so everything was very quick about it, but I remember how convenient everything was. You get to stay comfortable. You’re sleeping in your own bed, you’re not flying anywhere, worried about the time change – I know where all the food is and where I can get it. It makes things so much easier.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-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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