Chad Mendes Enjoys Beating Javier Vasquez
"I trained hard. I knew I was going to go in there and kick his butt. I basically just laughed [Vazquez's talk] off. When I was back home training, I used it as motivation to push myself through each workout. I went in there and did what I had to do, and I came out victorious." ---Chad Mendes
For WEC bantamweight prospect Chad Mendes (9-0 MMA, 4-0 WEC), his WEC 52 fight with veteran Javier Vazquez (15-5 MMA, 2-3 WEC) is another learning experience. After criticisms from Vasquez, Mendes stepped into the cage grateful and relaxed. He simply executed the game plan whereas the anger was replaced by happiness.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” Mendes said of his win. “The guy was talking crap. I’ve never had an opponent do that until now.”
“It was pretty disrespectful sending stuff up to my room all week – a jar of baby food with a spoon, stuffed animals and toys. There were notes with each one saying stupid stuff on them. Basically, I just didn’t let it get to me.”
Mendes, was a former all-American wrestler.
“It’s just about being comfortable when I get in there during the fight,” Mendes said. “Every fight that I’ve fought, each time I’m getting more and more comfortable with it. I think tonight it showed.
“I feel like I rocked him three or four times. He’s got a chin from hell. I was hitting him with everything I had. I think after the first time I rocked him, I felt him start to break a little bit. But the guy fought a great fight. He’s a tough guy.”
Vasquez kept holding on until the final bell, even though Mendes gleams with to win.
“For me, I just felt like every time I was in his guard, he was just holding me down,” Mendes said. “A couple of fights in the past I’d get slowed down on top. I wanted to stay active, and he kept holding me down. When I finally got up, I wanted to pass that guard, but I couldn’t. He was kicking my legs and kicking my knees out, so I just went for it.
“I was trying to pass the guard. I didn’t end up there right away, but I scrambled out and stayed on top.”
At long last, he gained victory. There are still lessons to be learned. And he’s focused on his main goals.
“I trained hard,” Mendes said. “I knew I was going to go in there and kick his butt. I basically just laughed [Vazquez’s talk] off. When I was back home training, I used it as motivation to push myself through each workout.
“I went in there and did what I had to do, and I came out victorious.”View Article Source »