Mendes KOs Siler, Bias Outpoints Klarcyk

By Joseph Zigler and Jeff Sherwood Jul 17, 2009
LEMOORE, Calif. -- Chad Mendes continued his climb up the featherweight ranks, as he knocked out Steven Siler in 44 seconds at Tachi Palace Fights inside the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

Mendes came out and dropped Siler with an overhand right and never let up, ending the fight with a powerful left before the first-minute mark.

Mendes, fighting out of Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male, improved to 4-0.

In the evening’s co-main event, Shawn Bias got back on the winning track by out-pointing Porterville featherweight Shawn Klarcyk for a majority decision. Bias had a point deducted in the second round for kneeing the head of Klarcyk, who was considered down at the time. The judges scored the bout 29-27, 29-27, and 28-28.

Bias’ submission defense looked greatly improved, as he warded off any offense Klarcyk dished out on the ground. Bias controlled the pace of the fight, and scored several reversals that gave him the opportunities to pound away from the top.

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Shawn Bias outpointed Shawn Klarcyk.
Lightweight Cody Gibson picked up his second pro win against debuting Dustin Rocha. Gibson took Rocha’s back and rained down punches, forcing referee Jason McCoy to step in and save Rocha only 42 seconds into the second round.

Sergio Quinones made short work of Chris Sanchez in their featherweight match, handing Sanchez his first loss via an arm-triangle tapout at 1:54 into the first round.

In the night’s first bout, light heavyweight Brandon Lorenz stopped Mark Matthews with a vicious right hand at just 2:39 into the first round.
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