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.

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