Former Cal Poly wrestler Mendes generates buzz with TKO win at UFC 164

Ex-Mustangs two-time All-American campaigns for title shot vs. nemesis Aldo

sports@thetribunenews.comSeptember 1, 2013 

Former Cal Poly wrestler Chad Mendes has only one loss in his professional mixed martial arts career.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship No. 1 featherweight contender may soon get his shot to avenge that loss.

Mendes won his fourth straight fight Saturday night with a third-round technical knockout of Clay Guida on the main card of UFC 164 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Mendes (15-1) has won each of his past four bouts by either knockout or TKO, and he became the first fighter to win by stoppage against Guida (30-14). Mendes’ performance sent a buzz through social media, and former Cal Poly wrestler and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was among those clamoring for Mendes to get another title shot.

The only loss of Mendes’ pro career came Jan. 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, where hometown favorite José Aldo retained the featherweight title with a first-round knockout of Mendes in the main event of UFC 142.

On Sunday, Mendes took to Twitter to challenge Aldo to a rematch.

“Alright @josealdojunior it’s time for the rematch. I am the #1 contender...... period! Lets do this,” Mendes tweeted. “And If Aldo is hurt give me @RicardoLamasMMA we can prove #1. I’m game...r u?”

Mendes finished off Guida at 30 seconds of the third round with punches to end the meeting of 145-pound contenders.

“That was a goal coming into the fight,” Mendes said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted to do. I needed to make a big statement. I want José Aldo; I want that belt.”

Anthony Pettis used a highlight-reel armbar submission of Benson Henderson in the first round of the main event to claim the lightweight title.

Mendes enjoyed a storied career as a Cal Poly wrestler, earning NCAA Division I All-America honors twice. He finished second in the nation at 141 pounds in 2008.

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