As Chad Mendes and Clay Guida entered the later rounds of their UFC 164 fight, “Money” saw his opponent begin to tire out. Then, Mendes nailed a series of punches which caused Guida to suffer his first defeat from strikes.
“I knew he was hurt, but I’d seen Clay in the past get hit before and guys get burnt out trying to finish him and it doesn’t happen,” said Mendes on Sherdog Radio. “I just knew that I had to be patient. I kept him pinned against the cage basically, and as he got up, just let it go.”
The win makes a solid case for Mendes being the featherweight No. 1 contender. His only loss came from champ Jose Aldo and he’s rebounded to win his last four. Three of those wins didn’t reach round two.
Guida dropped to featherweight this year with a split-decision over Hatsu Hioki. Before the move, he spent 40 plus fights as lightweight though never challenged for the UFC belt.
UFC 164 was August 31 from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.