“We’ve talked about it, and this is definitely something that’s very special to us. It’s always awesome being on the same card as your teammates – we’ve done three before where we’ve had a clean sweep, and that’s awesome – but because this one is in Sacramento, this is going to be huge for us. The Sacramento crowd is one of the best crowds I’ve ever fought in front of – they get behind us, get rowdy, and it pumps me up so much. I’m super-pumped to get in there, fight for the Sac-Town crowd, and put on a great show.” (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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