Chad Mendes Destroys Jury In Rd 1 With A Left Hook Mike Tyson Would Be Proud Of
After a two-year suspension at the hands of USADA and more than 30 months since his last fight against Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes returned with a vengeance.
Mendes (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) destroyed Myles Jury (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) with a big first-round TKO after landing a Mike Tyson esk left hook. Mendes followed up with a barrage of follow-up punches later on the canvas, Mendes had the finish at the 2:52 mark of the fight.
The featherweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 133 event at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
“I’m back!” Mendes yelled after the fight. “He’s a long dude. I just needed to find the timing, the range, feel what his feet were going to feel like … I just wanted to see if there was going to be anything explosive coming in. I saw my chance and I took it. I’m just super excited to be back. Anyone in the top five, let’s go.”
Just ahead of the midway point of the round, Mendes drilled Jury with a left hand and put him on the canvas. Mendes went to the canvas with him and threw a barrage of punches while Jury covered up, and after more than a dozen hard rights he got the stoppage.
2 years off from the octagon. I think if Mendes let his head heal, and wasn’t sparring crazy, that we can see him fresh and able to take damage as well as he can dish it. Allah 3-4 years ago. Pre-MysticMac. I say this bc of the FE fight, for those looking to throw shade#UFCBoise
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) July 15, 2018
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) July 15, 2018
YO! That was violent! #UFCBoise
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) July 15, 2018
Featherweight just got interesting again #UFCBoise
— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) July 15, 2018
Money!!!!!! 💰💰💰💰 @chadmendes
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) July 15, 2018
Brock Lesnar at 145?! When will these ridiculous weight cuts stop?! #UFCBoise
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) July 15, 2018
It’s possible that the time off may have helped Chad Mendes, he has been through some wars with Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor and was devestatingly KOd by Frankie Edgar. With time away to focus on training, he may have become a sharper, better fighter. He looked fresh, patient and finished Myles Jury with what seemed like little effort.
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