Chad Mendes extended his winning streak at UFC on Fox 9. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
By the middle of the second round, it had become clear all was not well with Chad Mendes. Something was amiss.
The Team Alpha Male featherweight grinded his way to a unanimous decision over Nik Lentz at UFC on Fox 9 “Johnson vs. Benavidez 2” on Saturday at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Mendes, who had Lentz reeling with a series of power punches in the first round, swept the scorecards by 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 marks. Afterward, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White revealed via Twitter that Mendes told matchmaker Joe Silva he was battling cold- and flu-like symptoms.
If true, such an illness would provide a reason for Mendes’ diminished offensive output in rounds two and three, where the two-time NCAA All-American relied on takedowns and top control against Lentz. The 28-year-old Hanford, Calif., native has won five fights in a row since being knocked out by featherweight champion Jose Aldo in January 2012.
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