Mendes wrestles way to another win at UFC 133

Maggie Hendricks

Chad Mendes continued his unbeaten streak with a wrestling-filled decision over Rani Yahya. This pushes Mendes' record to 11-0, while Yahya falls to 16-7.

Mendes knocked  Yahya down in the first round, and then showed off his wrestling pedigree with a quick takedown to start the second round. Yahya had a hard time creating space to show off any of his jiu jitsu skills, and Mendes got up to get another takedown, hold Yahya down, and then get back to his feet. Both fighters were shook up on their feet by some hard, if not clean, striking.

The third round showed more of the same, as Mendes had no problem getting Yahya down, but didn't give up enough room for Yahya to work. It worked for Mendes, but didn't make it an especially exciting fight.

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