First ranked UFC featherweight Chad Mendes has been unbeatable outside of bouts against current champion Jose Aldo.
Mendes was always regarded highly for his wrestling skills, but his striking has come a very long way. Following his first loss to Aldo in January of 2012 at UFC 142, Mendes became a finishing machine. Mendes would go on a five-fight winning streak, defeating four of the five via knockout/TKO. Mendes also became the first man to ever finish Clay Guida via strikes.
Despite his improved ability, Mendes would once again fall short to Jose Aldo, this time via decision in what would be awarded as the 2014 “Fight of the Year”.
Mendes will now make his return to the octagon against fourth ranked Ricardo Lamas, who also fell short to Aldo just eight months before prior to Mendes. The two will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 63, which takes place on Saturday, April 4th at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
Before Mendes and Lamas meet, let’s take a look back at Chad Mendes’ third round TKO victory over Clay Guida at UFC 164.