Former Cal Poly wrestling All-American Chad Mendes moved to 8-0 as a mixed martial arts fighter Wednesday night.
Mendes defeated Cub Swanson (14-4) in a unanimous-decision flyweight bout at Palms Casino during World Extreme Cagefighting 50. Three judges scored the fight 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Mendes (3-0 WEC), a 5-foot-6, 145-pound Hanford native known as a rising star in the featherweight ranks, began his senior season at Cal Poly 30-0 wrestling at 141 pounds in 2008 before narrowly losing in the national championship match to Ohio State’s J. Jaggers.
Soon after, Mendes began his MMA career. He currently competes for Sacramento-based Team Alpha Male and has spent time learning from Urijah Faber, a former UC Davis wrestler who has garnered fame in the sport.
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“The game plan was to definitely get on top of (Swanson) and frustrate him, and I think that’s what (I) did,” Mendes, 25, told MMAJunkie.com of his wrestling background. “But I’m still young in this sport. I’ve still got so much to learn, and I’m learning every day.”
Of Mendes’ eight career wins, two have come from knockout, two from submission and four via decision.
On Wednesday night, WEC commentators reportedly named Mendes as a possible eventual challenger to current featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
San Luis Obispo Blues players earn honors
Six players from the San Luis Obispo Blues summer collegiate baseball team were named to the all-Horizon Air Summer Series team.
Earning first-team accolades were first baseman Matt Juengel (of Texas A&M), shortstop Ryan Aguayo (New Mexico State via Cuesta College) and pitcher Sean Johnson (Oral Roberts).
Dylan Mendoza (of Texas A&M), a pitcher, earned second-team distinction, while teammates Mike Kindel (Kansas State) and Austin Kingsolver (Cal State Fullerton) were honorable mentions.