Mendes, the No 1 ranked fighter in the UFC’s featherweight division earned a third round stoppage victory over Clay Guida on Saturday. The TKO stoppage ended Mendes’ streak of first round knockout wins at three, but extended his streak to four straight knockout victories.
Those four straight knockouts began shortly after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo stopped Mendes with a devastating knee one second remaining in the first round in the main event of UFC 142. The loss was the first of Mendes’ professional career.
A giddy (yes, giddy) Mendes spoke about his knockout streak on Saturday, telling Fox Sports, "It feels like a dream, it’s crazy. I was expecting to finish him (Guida), that was my goal, but four in a row, I just feel like every time I step out of the Octagon lately I just have the same feeling, it’s cool."
Mendes went on to say that the Aldo loss was somewhat of a blessing in disguise, relating that the defeat allowed him to find himself as a fighter.
As for what’s next for the 15-1 Mendes, he wasted no time in saying, "That belt. I think I needed to go out there and finish Clay and make a statement that I am the best 145-pounder in the world, and I think I did that. I think the next thing for me is that title shot."
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered a broken foot in his recent title defense victory over Chan Sung Jung. At this point, there is no clear indication how long Aldo will be on the shelf with that injury.