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Watch highlights from the fight between Chad Mendes and Nik Lentz from UFC on Fox 9 at the Sleeptrain Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14.
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Round 1 to Mendez.
Round 2 to Lentz. All Mendez did was take Lentz down, cause 0 damage and let him back up.
Round 3 to Lentz, Lentz dominated the round except for the last minute or so.
30-27 to Mendez is a bad call.
I agree, how Mendes won that fight is a mystery to me.
I detest the whining about LnP, in fact i normally just stop reading any comment that uses the term. Having said that though I expected lots of comments about LnP following this fight. If any fight deserves that label it was this one,
Take downs where no damage is inflicted after the TD count very little to me, and that’s what Mendes did the WHOLE fight. Lenz literally did more from his back that Mendes did on top.
We haven’t seen the last of Lentz. That dude is tough.
I agree as well. Medez put on a lot of lay and pray rather than ground and pound. Lentz was much more active from the bottom. The first round was interested because Mendez came out swinging, but Lentz landed a wicked kick to the body that shut Mendez down for almost a minute (I wonder if he broke a rib or two). After that right kick to Mendez’s ribs, Mendez looked really hurt. He dropped his has and didn’t throw a punch for a while. After the kick, it seemed like Mendez never found any gas to put on any strong offense. Kicks to the body are often overlooked. In this case, I think that one kick by Lentz changed the fight. As the fight went on, I kept waiting for Lentz to kick more but he only threw a few more. I think Lentz could have won the fight had he defended the takedowns and kept kicking. Mendez was not nearly as impressive as Faber. Faber deserves the No. 1 contender spot after Saturday night.
29-28 Lentz. Mendez won that fight because the judges got influenced by his past, not the fight itself.
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