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Sep 1, 2013 12:50 AM by Bill Halter

Former Cal Poly wrestler Mendes wins with TKO at UFC 164

Cal Poly graduate Chad Mendes knocked down Clay Guida with a right hand to the chin, forcing a TKO stoppage 30 seconds into round three. The featherweight win at the UFC 164 pay-per-view in Milwaukee improved Mendes to 15-1 as a professional and 6-1 in the UFC. Guida drops to 30-14 MMA, 10-8 UFC. It was the first career TKO stoppage loss for Guida in his career.

Guida struggled to take Mendes down and didn't appear to have a back up plan to beat him. Mendes wasn't able to wage much of an attack against the constantly moving Guida until the third round when he unloaded with a right hand counter that stunned Guida, then followed with another right that put him on the mat. The referee stopped the bout before Mendes could pounce on him.

After the fight Mendes said he wanted another shot at featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Aldo handed Mendes his only professional loss 19 months ago with a first round knock out at UFC 142.

Mendes was a two-time wrestling All-American at Cal Poly. He finished second in the 141 pound weight class in 2008.

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