“Basically, the way he wins these fights is just grinding these guys out and wearing them down, out-grappling them. It matches up great for me. I have the higher wrestling pedigree; I’m more explosive, and more of an athlete all around. I just have to go out there and be smart – I know he’s going to be looking to take me down, and hopefully I can land a heavy one on his chin. One thing I’ve noticed watching his fights is that he can take a heavy punch – I’ve seen him get hit three or four times in a row with big, heavy punches, and he’s able to come back. Of course, Guida was able to do that too though, so it’s definitely a possibility. I think that I can knock this guy out.” (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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