Chad Mendes was looking for the perfect way to bounce back from the first loss of his career, and he sure found it at UFC 148.

The Team Alpha Male fighter was returning from a loss to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo earlier this year, and he wanted to make a statement as he faced former Ultimate Fighter competitor Cody McKenzie.

Well, it only took one punch for Mendes to make that statement.

As McKenzie came in with a low kick, the former Cal Poly All-American wrestler caught the leg and fired down the middle with a vicious punch straight to the body.

The punch landed square in McKenzie’s gut and he dropped to the mat, and Mendes said after the fight it was something he was planning for and it worked to perfection.

“We know that was something that was going to work against Cody, we were hoping anyways, and it was something we were working on in our camp, so it feels awesome to get in here again,” said Mendes.

“He’s got a long body and we took advantage of it.”

The win gets Mendes back on track after a tough loss to Aldo earlier this year and puts a big finish on his resume after several decision victories peppered his career prior to the loss to Aldo.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Chad Mendes: The Contender Returns

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Chad Mendes’ life has been one of competition. From an early age, the Northern California native forged his will to win on wrestling mats up and down “The Golden State,” honing the skills that read news >>

Chad Mendes Talks Ricardo Lamas, Aldo vs. McGregor and the Great Outdoors

  • 26 days ago
  • 39 views

Chad Mendes' heart is racing, and he can't control his breathing. Sweaty palms. Dry mouth. Nervousness has taken over. He goes on autopilot, relying on the motions he's practiced over and over to pre read news >>

'Excited' Chad Mendes predicts Jose Aldo over Conor McGregor at UFC 189

  • 26 days ago
  • 136 views

Chad Mendes has a vested interest in the UFC 189 featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. That’s mainly because he’s on the short-list of candidates to fight the winner.Filed u read news >>

Chad Mendes still smarting over Conor McGregor interview interruption: "The whole thing was bulls**t'

  • 26 days ago
  • 387 views

Chad Mendes stopped by the MMA Hour this week to talk about his upcoming bout against Ricardo Lamas, but (as everything does these days) talk turned to Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes' brief exchange read news >>

The MMA Hour - 275 - Chad Mendes

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

men Chad Mendes previews his UFC Fight Fairfax main event fight against Ricardo Lamas. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 63: Who's on the Hot Seat in Virginia This Saturday?

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

At UFC Fight Night 63, Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas will do their best to prove they are ready to meet the winner of a highly anticipated July title bout between 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and Iri read news >>

UFC Fight Night 63 pre-fight facts: Can anyone take down Chad Mendes?

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC returns to Virginia with a rare Saturday-afternoon matinee at Fairfax’s Patriot Center. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s first of four events this month, check out 55 pre-fight facts read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62: With win over Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes 'sitting pretty' for another featherweight title shot

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Anyone down for Aldo vs. Mendes 3? Chad Mendes currently finds himself in quite a unique position. Five months removed from a five-round championship war against featherweight champion Jose Aldo at U read news >>

The MMA Hour with Alexander Gustafsson, Michael Bisping, Chad Mendes, Michael Chiesa, Todd Duffee, Jamie Varner, Tom Law

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday's show: 1:00 p.m. ET -- "Filthy" Tom Lawlor will review his WrestleMania experience and update us on his career. 1:25 p. read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: