UFC fighter Chad Mendez does a backflip as he celebrates his win against Cody McKenzie (not pictured) during a featherweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (photo: us presswire)
SACRAMENTO, CA - Chad Mendes used his UFC 164 training camp preparing for not one, but two different types of fighters.
"We are prepared for any type of Clay Guida that shows up," said Mendes. "There is the type of Guida who used to stand in the pocket and throw and be afraid to get into your face, and there is the type of Guida lately who has been a point fighter where he is dancing on the outside and pitter-pattering."
Regardless of Guida's (30-13) style, the fight will be a good test for an evolving and growing Mendes (14-1) who is looking for his fourth straight win and fourth straight finish after stopping Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza and Darren Elkins in the first round.
"Before I developed a stand-up game I relied on mostly my wrestling, and ground and pound, "Mendes told News10. "Now that I have the stand-up and power to knock people out, and the ability to understand what I am doing in there (Octagon) I think it is dangerous for a lot of guys."
Much of the credit for Mendes' improved stand-up game can be traced back to the arrival of Team Alpha Male Head Coach Duane Ludwig. Ever since his arrival in Sacramento, the team is 11-0 in the UFC (Urijah Faber 3-0, Mendes 2-0, Joseph Benavidez 2-0, Danny Castillo 2-0 and Joseph Benavidez 2-0).
"Before we all just tried to help each other out and did what we thought was right and we didn't have that head coach figure to trust and believe in," Mendes said. "And now Duane has come and has a very specific system ("Bang" Muay Thai). It has been great for us and it has shown during the last few fights and everyone has been feeling and looking good."
The Mendes-Guida fight is part of the Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis championship card at UFC 164 in Milwaukee this Saturday on pay-per-view.