Chad Mendes may have been knocked out by UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo last January, but evidently the Team Alpha Male fighter hasn’t had any difficulties recovering from the loss. Since Mendes battled Aldo at UFC 142, Mr. “Money” has gone on to stop Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza and most recently Darren Elkins. That’s a pretty solid way to hold on to the number one contender position.
Up next at UFC 164 this Saturday, however, Mendes will take on the #9 ranked Clay Guida. While “The Carpenter” has lost two of his last three fights–albeit to top tier lightweights Gray Maynard and Benson Henderson–it wasn’t long ago when he was on a four fight win streak that included a UD win over Anthony Pettis. While Mendes acknowledges Guida will be a tough challenge, the 28 year-old wonders “which Clay” is going to show up in Milwaukee. In a recent interview with UFC.com, Mendes noted:
“Clay wins by frustrating people. He has incredible cardio and never stops moving around the entire fight, and that can be tough for guys that aren’t fast, that don’t have great footwork. With a guy like Clay, you can’t just go in there expecting to throw one big punch and knock him out; he can take those big punches or big kicks and recover quick.
“I’m definitely expecting a war with this guy, but you kind of don’t know which Clay is going to show up. I feel like the Clay that has been around recently is more of a point fighter – not really looking to finish, more just winning the fight. I remember the “Old Clay” that was in your face, throwing blows, never stops moving, and is all over the place – that’s the Guida that everybody loved, and I’m hoping that’s the Guida that shows up because that would be an awesome fight.”
This definitely has the makings of an “awesome fight”, but considering the power of Mendes, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Guida looks to keep his distance as he did versus Maynard. Then again, he still lost that fight by split decision.
UFC 164 will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center and will feature the lightweight champ Henderson taking on Pettis in the main event. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.