Featherweights Chad Mendes and Clay Guida met in Milwaukee at UFC 164 in a high-profile bout Saturday. The winner would likely get his name thrown into the title talk.
What ensued was a pretty one-sided beating by Mendes. Guida struggled to connect with strikes and could not get him to the ground.
With that, let's take a look at what we learned from this bout.
What We'll Remember about This Fight
The finish. Guida is not an easy guy to finish, especially with strikes. Just ask Diego Sanchez.
However, Mendes connected with a beautiful punch that rocked the Illinois native, and he pounced upon smelling blood. A few follow-up shots later and Mendes earned a win in impressive fashion.
What We Learned about Guida
If he can't get the takedown, he is in trouble. Guida's best bet in fights is utilizing his wrestling, but taking on a superior wrestler in Mendes exploited his skill set.
What We Learned about Mendes
He is the best featherweight in the UFC outside of Jose Aldo. His combination of power wrestling and improved striking under Duane Ludwig has made him the monster he is today.
He is ready for another title shot. He has knocked heads off on the way and should take on Aldo in his return.
What's Next for Guida
He needs to pump the breaks on the level of competition he has been fighting. He has struggled against top guys, and that continued at UFC 164. Maybe a bout with another recent loser, Cole Miller, would strike up some interest.
What's Next for Mendes
I said it earlier. Give him a title shot at Aldo.