Mendes made quick work of opponent Cody McKenzie and was able to finish him off with a knockout in only 31 seconds.
While McKenzie did not come into the match highly touted, the quick knockout showed just how dominant Mendes can be when he performs to his ability.
"Money" Mendes earned his title fight after winning the first 11 matches of his career. He earned seven unanimous decisions, received two submissions and two more knockouts. The more he won, the more it showed there were not too many better in the sport.
Unfortunately, the battle against Jose Aldo at UFC 142 did not last too long. The champ was able to knockout Mendes at the end of the first round with some brutal shots with the knee.
Fighters like Hatsu Hioki have stumbled in their path to get to Aldo. Other veterans deserve respect as quality fighters, like Pat Curran and Dennis Siver, but both have had positive and negative moments in their careers.
On the other hand, Mendes has continued to prove that he is one of the best in the division. He is still entering his prime and has plenty of great fighting ahead of him.
His only career loss is to the current champion, and he should get another opportunity.
There are a few fights Mendes will have to win in order to get that chance, possibly against Chan Sun Jung or Ricardo Lamas, but sooner or later the talented fighter will get his hands on the belt.