Chad Mendes scored an impressive victory today at UFC Fight Night in Fairfax, Virginia — scoring a one-sided round one TKO win over another top ranked featherweight in Ricardo Lamas.
The bout began competitively, with Lamas landing a few kicks. But Mendes slipped a right hand to landed a hard right of his own to the head of Lamas, stunning the Chicago native. Mendes, of Sacramento, CA, quickly followed up with punches — while Lamas stumbled around the Octagon, attempting to recover.
Mendes would eventually move into a dominant position and continue the assault, until the referee called a much-needed halt to the action at 2:45 of round one.
Mendes improves his record to 17-2 as a professional with the win, with both losses coming in bouts with current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. That last meeting with Aldo, dubbed 2014’s “fight of the year” by some fans, was Mendes’ last Octagon appearance.
The loss halts a two fight winning streak for Ricardo Lamas, who falls to 15-4 as a professional. Lamas also challenged Aldo for the featherweight title, in February of last year.
Earlier in the show, former TUF winner Julianna Peña won her comeback fight after being sidelined with a knee injury since November 2013. Peña transitioned to top position after being taken to the mat by opponent Milana Dudieva, working to mount for a series of punches. The finish came at 3:59 of round one.
Chad Mendes defeated Ricardo Lamas by TKO (punches) at 2:45 of round one
Al Iaqunta defeated Jorge Masvidal by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Michael Chiesa defeated Mitch Clarke by unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-28)
Juliana Pena defeated Milana Dudieva by TKO (punches/elbows) 3:59 of round one
Clay Guida defeated Robbie Peralta by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dustin Poirier defeated Diego Ferriera by KO (punches) at 3:45 of round one
Liz Carmouche defeated Lauren Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexander Yakovlev defeated Gray Maynard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Timothy Johnson defeated Shamil Abdurahimov by TKO (punches) at 4:57 of round one
Ron Stallings defeated Justin Jones by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)