“He’s a tough guy, a hard-nosed guy. He wrestled in college at Minnesota – which is a tough wrestling community – and you can see in his fights that he’s a big guy, cutting down from 155 (pounds). He looks pretty strong – when he gets in there and gets a hold of these guys, he kind of stops them for a second – so I’m expecting him to be a big, strong guy, but he seems slow, he’s not very explosive, and he’s not very dangerous either." (PHOTO CREDIT: Jason da Silva-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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