by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Chad Mendes remained undefeated extending his record to 8-0 with a unanimous decision win over Cub Swanson at WEC 50 on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Mendes put his wrestling skills on display, securing three takedowns in the opening stanza and showed improved stand up, out striking Swanson in the round.
Swanson picked up the pace in round 2 on his feet, finding his range, but Mendes’ wrestling proved superior to Swanson’s takedown defense.
The final round saw more of the same with Mendes securing takedowns and slams, mounting Swanson at one point.
“Cub’s a tough guy. That was a fun fight getting in there. His stand up is great. I’ve been working on mine a lot, so I wanted to get in there and kind of showcase a little bit,” Mendes said following the fight.
“Obviously I’m a wrestler, so I’m always going to stick with the wrestling stuff, but it was a fun figh,” added the Team Alpha Male trained athlete. “I feel most comfortable on the ground, but I’ve been working on my stand up so much. I’m just excited to try and get in there and use it.”
Mendes didn’t do much damage to Swanson on the ground, but controlled him throughout the fight and got the win and moves closer to contender status in the WEC’s featherweight division.