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UFC 133: Chad Mendes Vs. Rani Yahya

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Keith Peterson is the ref in this featherweight bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves and get set. Mendes taking the center with Yahya circling on the outside. They trade inside leg kicks. Yahya gets clipped low and they take a quick break. They touch gloves and go back at it. Yahya rushes in to get the clinch with a volley of punches that miss and Mendes shakes him off quick. Yahya dives for a takedown that Mendes easily avoids. Yahya doing his best to grab hold of Mendes behind his strikes, but Mendes is avoiding easily, looking to land his own big shots. So far, he’s connecting mostly with leg kicks. Mendes dumps Yahya to the mat as he rushes in but doesn’t follow him down for a second. Mendes lands a digging hook to the body and then scores with a few more leg kicks. Mendes lands a good flying knee at the end of the round. scores the round 10-9 for Mendes

Round 2: Due to technical difficulties, the breakdown for round 2 has been lost to the internet. scores the round 10-9 for Mendes

Round 3: Yahya rushes out again and Mendes puts him down with ease. Mendes unable to get off much offense from Yahya’s guard, but he’s avoiding the Brazilian’s attempts to set up submissions. A good left hand lands from the top for Mendes. Mendes backs away when Yahya goes for a leg. Mendes puts Yahya back down to the mat. The crowd boos while Yahya looks to set up subs and Mendes holds top position. Mendes avoids another leg lock. Mendes throws a front kick that’s caught. Yahya catches Mendes as he lunges in and knocks him off balance. Yahya is walking Mendes down now, but Mendes dumps him to the mat again. Ten seconds to go and Mendes flips over Yahya’s guard. scores the round 10-9 for Mendes

Chad Mendes defeated Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Mendes says he injured his right hand at the beginning of the second; he heard it pop but he’s not sure if it’s broken.