In addition to what was a stacked UFC on Fox fight card No. 1 ranked Chad “Money” Mendes defeated Nik Lentz in a unanimous decision at the Sleep Train Arena on Saturday December 14, 2013.
Chad Mendez entered Saturday’s bout with one of the greatest knockout streaks in UFC history. Mendes has earned a ko/tko victory in four consecutive fights, becoming one of just six fighters in UFC history to do so . He became the first fighter to ever finish Clay Guida with strikes at UFC 164. Early in round one Mendes sent the home town crowd to a frenzy when he landed some hard shots that rocked Lentz but could not finish him.
“I hit Lentz hard, about as hard as any guy I have ever fought. He kept bouncing back however, I have to give him credit there,” said Mendes after the fight.
As the fight progressed Mendes could not create an opportunity to continue his knock out streak and seemed to slow down and looked fatigued . What appeared as an adrenaline dump from the first round turned out to be health related. “I had a bad sinus infection about four weeks ago and I thought it had cleared but maybe a week ago it came back and I really felt it during this fight. Basically after the first round, my lungs felt heavy but I just had to power through it.”
This fight was somewhat of a grudge match considering both fighters publicly made it clear they did not like each other. Personal differences aside the importance of this fight was to remain a top contender for a UFC title. After the fight Mendes stated to Examiner.com “I don’t really like the guy but were not in the cage to be friends. With this win, I am definitely the #1 contender at 145lbs. There is no doubt in my mind.”