Mendes has been on a tear since being finished in his title-fight with Jose Aldo nearly two years ago, picking up five wins including four by way of a strike-based stoppage. In reality, he deserves another crack at the championship and would be wise to hold out for the winner of Aldo-Ricardo Lamas. If that option never materializes based on an injury, controversial outcome, or Aldo receiving an immediate rematch in defeat, the only other logical adversary at this point is Cub Swanson. The Greg Jackson MMA product has also come out of his last five fights with a raised hand, isn’t on tap for a tilt at the moment, and went the distance with Mendes a few years ago while both were under WEC’s banner. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Finding a UFC win lacking significance is akin to the proverbial needle in a haystack. However, there’s no question some victories have a larger impact on either a division or the involved individual than others. Such was certainly the case at UFC on FOX 9 where a few underdogs stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park, seasoned veterans rose to the occasion, and flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson turned in his best performance to date.
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