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Frankie Edgar defeats Chad Mendes at TUF 22 Finale

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Frankie Edgar knocked out Chad Mendes at the TUF 22 Finale at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. The Toms River, New Jersey native only needed one round for the win.

Edgar improved to 20-4-1 in his career. Mendes drops to 17-4, and it’s the first loss for Mendes that’s not named Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor.

UFC fighter Frankie Edgar punches Chad Mendes in their featherweight bout during the TUF Finale event
Frankie Edgar punches Chad Mendes in their featherweight bout during the TUF Finale event (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“This one was a big one for me,” Edgar said. “I love what I do.”

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Mendes is on a two-fight losing streak, as he lost to McGregor on short notice in July by TKO punches. Edgar, on the other hand, hasn’t lost since Aldo defeated him in February 2013 at UFC 156.

Edgar’s stunning knockout in this featherweight bout made a huge statement for him for tonight’s Aldo vs. McGregor fight. He should get the winner, as long as UFC president Dana White makes it.

“Speed over punches,” he added. “I was lucky to put him away. They were talking about him having the power, but I have the power, too.”

Early on in the first round, Edgar hit Mendes with a jab, before both fighters hit each other with leg kicks. Mendes would follow up with a right look before getting warned by referee “Big” John McCarthy.

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After that, Edgar follows with a three-punch combo on Mendes. The California native hits Edgar with a leg kick that maked him go to the middle of the ring.

Shortly thereafter, the knockout found itself, as Edgar hit Mendes with a beautiful left hook to Mendes’ chin for the win.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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