Chad Mendes Says He's Prepared for Clay Guida at UFC 164
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.21.2013
Mendes on how he’s training for Guida’s style…
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed top ranked UFC featherweight fighter, Chad Mendes, this week. Mendes is set to face Clay Guida at UFC 164 later this month. Below are some highlights from the interview:
Mendes on training for the unpredictable Guida: "We're basically training for all Guidas. There's the Guida that used to stand and bang and be in your face and all over the place, nonstop. And there's the Guida that kind of tap-dances around on the outside and is looking to point-win. We're ready for both, and we put together game plans for both. You just never know which one is going to show up."
Mendes on Guida's recent performances: "The last two (Guida) fights have been pretty much the same – the tap-dance, pitter-patter. This is going to be a tough fight for Guida, and I'm thinking that he's thinking that. I'm thinking he's ready for war, and he's going to get in there and just bring it."
Mendes on turning a corner after the Cody McKenzie fight: "Everything before that, I felt overwhelmed with the whole standup part inside the octagon. We'd train it, we'd drill it and do it in the (training) room, but when you get in there with the small gloves, no head gear, no shin pads, things just feel a little different. That's how it felt every fight up until then – uncomfortable for me. I remember thinking in the McKenzie fight, I went out there and had the mentality of, 'Screw it – I'm just gonna throw it.' I started to throw and I was like, 'Man, this feels good. Why have I not been doing this more?' I could relax a little more and see openings. I remember hitting that liver shot and just thinking, 'Man, I can do this.' And I just have that same mentality now going into every fight. It's been working great for me."
"It sucks for Lamas because he's been screwed out of the shot a couple times now," Mendes said. "But that's all part of the sport. That's how this game is run. I've called Lamas out twice, and the first time obviously would've been a short-notice fight for him, so it's understandable why he would turn it down. The second time would've been a three-week notice for me, and still somehow it got turned down. I'm ready to fight the best to be the best, and a lot of times these guys don't want to do that. They want to take the easy way up.