Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
A key featherweight bout is up next, as Chad Mendes (11-1) takes on Ultimate Fighter alum Cody McKenzie (13-2). This will be the first fight for Mendes since falling to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. The referee is Steve Mazzagatti. Also of note, Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey is in the corner of McKenzie.
Round 1: Mendes with some big knees to the body to start, hitting and moving right now. McKenzie nearly kicks over the head of Mendes. Mendes catches a kick and drops McKenzie. “Money” fires off several quick fists and this one is over quickly. Mendes fires the first strike to the body, as McKenzie doubles up and goes down, before jumping on top of him and finishing him off.
Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via TKO (strikes) at :31 of round one