Preliminary Card | Featherweight · 145 lbs | MMA
Chad Mendes defeats Michihiro Omigawa via 3 Round Decision
|9-0-0||Pro Record At Fight||12-8-1|
|Climbed to 10-0||Record After Fight||Fell to 12-9|
|-360 (Moderate Favorite)||Betting Odds||+290 (Moderate Underdog)|
|Sacramento, California||Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|25 years, 9 months, 4 days||Age at Fight||35 years, 1 month, 2 weeks, 3 days|
|146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs)|
|5'6" (168cm)||Height||5'6" (168cm)|
|66.0" (168cm)||Reach||68.0" (173cm)|
|Team Alpha Male||Gym||Neo Judo Academy Omigawa Dojo|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
- Date: Saturday 02.05.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
- Referee: Herb Dean
- Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 5 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Omigawa Total Disclosed Pay: $8,000
- Mendes Total Disclosed Pay: $19,000
Omigawa vs. Mendes Wiki Update Wiki
The first Spike TV televised bout of UFC 126 had Chad Mendes take on Michihiro Omigawa.
Mendes came out and landed a low kick to begin. On the next exchanged Mendes landed a nice right and then kept coming forward with kicks. Omigawa defended a Mendes takedown but then ate a big right hand from the power-punching and fast moving Mendes. Despite concern from the commentators that Mendes may have injured his right hand, he continued to throw with it. Mendes then landed a takedown and began looking to score from top position, yet found himself defending a straight armbar attempt from Omigawa. Mendes backed up to his feet and let Omigawa up, finishing off the competitive first round.
Mendes rocked Omigawa early in round two and then blasted away as Omigawa tried to defend himself off of his back. Omigawa survived the initial onslaught yet took significant damage. Omigawa, again slick off of his back looking for submissions, targeted a leg-lock that resulted in a scramble back to his feet. Mendes began to control the standing exchanges and blood ran from Omigawa's nose. Omigawa skillfully defended a Mendes takedown attempt yet found himself pressed against the cage and ate an elbow in the clinch. Inside low kicks from Mendes cracked into Omigawa's leg. The round ended with Mendes finally completing another takedown and landing a good elbow that tore open a cut above Omigawa's left eye.
Mendes shot for a single leg early in round three and in a scramble Omigawa missed on a guillotine attempt and fell to his back. Omigawa struggled off of his back for submissions yet Mendes controlled the action and landed ground and pound for the better part of two minutes. Omigawa escaped with 90 seconds remaining in the fight and likely needing a finish in order to win. A takedown from Mendes with under a minute left sealed the round and ended with a pair of big punches to the head of Omigawa.
All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in favor of Chad Mendes, whose record improved to 10-0.
Omigawa vs. Mendes Fight Predictions
Videos & Highlights
Interview | Ariel Helwani Post-Fight Interview Video with Chad Mendes report dead link
Chad Mendes speaks to Ariel Helwani following his UFC 126 victory over Michihiro Omigawa in this interview video.
Interview | Chad Mendes Post Fight Interview Video report dead link
Karyn Bryant interviews Chad Mendes following his UFC 126 victory over Michihiro Omigawa in this video for MMA Heat.
Omigawa vs. Mendes Fighter Tweets
If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.
- RT @Davisrugrat: @chadmendes This definitely reinforces that gr8saying: "Every day is a holiday n every meal a feast".Exactly!thanks Chris!
- 4 days, 23 hours, and 22 minutes
- RT @dwomack84: @chadmendes hey dude I see the 559 were is that place?? Hogs are huge! It's right above visalia. Bout 45min south of Fresno
- 4 days, 20 hours, and 24 minutes
- Here's mike with the monster they shot a couple weekends ago. http://plixi.com/p/76235241
- 4 days, 18 hours, and 10 minutes
- This is where we r goin! If ur interested give Mike a call! It's awesome! http://plixi.com/p/76235003
- 4 days, 18 hours, and 8 minutes
- Gettin all packed and ready2go camping n pig hunting this weekend! Leavn today! With Mike Soares guiding u know it's gonna be sweet!
- 4 days, 18 hours, and 7 minutes
- It's been a great day! Signed my UFC contract, ate some awesome sushi AND got my house refinanced! Bam!! http://plixi.com/p/76091204
- 4 days, 2 hours, and 14 minutes
- Thanks guys!!! Just finished the shoot and interview now it's time for sushiiii!!!
- 4 days and 13 minutes
- Boom baby!! Just signed my new UFC contract!! http://plixi.com/p/76034277
- 3 days, 21 hours, and 2 minutes
- @mark_munoz happy bday bro!! Hope u have a good one! It was great seein ya this weekend n Tell the family i said hi!
- 3 days, 17 hours, and 51 minutes
- Check out the buck I got on my trail camera. He shed his antlers already u can see the holes on his head http://plixi.com/p/75983897
- 3 days, 15 hours, and 56 minutes
- RT @jamesblack35: @chadmendes. My daughter just told me she wants me to fight and be on TV just like Chad Mendes.haha that's cool!
- 3 days, 15 hours, and 55 minutes
- Just woke up feelin a lil better. gotta eat n get ready for a pepsi photo shoot. Goin 12-5 then mikunis sushi baby!! Can't wait!
- 3 days, 14 hours, and 31 minutes
- RT @i_c_u_hater: @chadmendes plate/bowl hybrid = mind blown hahaha I know right??
- 2 days, 22 hours, and 46 minutes
- RT @MMAAdvertising: @chadmendes http://plixi.com/p/75824723 Sounds amazing Chad! Homemade? Yep I made it today
- 2 days, 22 hours, and 46 minutes
- I couldn't wait any longer I'm starving! Wild pig chili! http://plixi.com/p/75824723
- 2 days, 21 hours, and 54 minutes
- Still sick but feelin a lil better. Carpet is almost finished. I just made a pot of wild hog chili n it's slow cookin. Can't wait to grub!
- 2 days, 21 hours, and 12 seconds
- Gotta finish up the last of the moving then the carpet guys should be here. I just wanna sleep.
- 2 days, 13 hours, and 55 minutes
- Eatin some awesome taco salad then Back to work rippin the stupid carpet out!
- 2 days and 23 minutes
- Gettin new carpet In all the bedrooms upstairs tmorrw. I've been bustin my butt all day packing n moving everything out of them. I'm pooped!
- 1 day, 21 hours, and 45 minutes
- @aaronsimpson thanks Simpdogg! Sucks I keep missing ya on these trips. Hope ur doin good doggy!
- 1 day, 2 hours, and 35 minutes
- RT @JamieMussett: @chadmendes, huge UK fan, you were our fighter of the night! Awesome, can't wait2 see you tear through the division!thanx!
- 1 day and 43 minutes
- RT @dukeroufus: @chadmendes I like the inside low kicks last night. Your striking is getting better every fight! Congrats bud.thanks Duke!!
- 20 hours and 9 seconds
- Hooome!! Thanks again for all the support everyone!! It was a fun week in Vegas. Thanks @jbmma155 @JoeB135 @UrijahFaber
- 19 hours and 59 minutes
- Frantically trying to get the airport! Workin on about 2 hours of sleep. Had an awesome time with all my friends and family last night.
- 16 hours and 23 minutes
- First meal after my fight!! Eggs Benedict baby!!! http://plixi.com/p/75225377
- 6 hours and 20 minutes
- Waitin to leave the hospital. Great news it's not broken!! Time to relax and have some fun. Thanks4all the love guys!!
- 4 hours and 47 minutes
- I wanna thank all my fans for all ur support!! Sorry I didn't get the finish. Might have broke my hand in the sec. Rnd gettin x-rays soon.
- 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Bout to go eat at 2 then it's time to report at 3. I wanna thanks everyone for all ur support! U guys r awesome! Time to keel!!!
- 5 hours and 19 minutes
- Just got back from the buffet! Back up to 158! Feelin great!! Gonna rest up then wake up and keel!!
- 22 hours and 37 minutes
- RT @Scottrich204: @chadmendes those weigh ins were CRAZY!!!!!hell yea they were!!
- 22 hours and 41 minutes
- I finally hit 146! Now the hardest part...the wait!! Weigh-ins start at 4. Then grub time!!
- 1 day, 4 hours, and 40 minutes
- gettin ready2go cut the last 4 lbs. Puttin on some plastics, a few Layers of sweats and it's on! Weigh-ins start at 4. Can't wait to eat!!!
- 1 day, 6 hours, and 21 minutes
- Just woke up. Gotta go do my weight check with Big Burt! Think light thoughts!! Haha
- 1 day, 9 hours, and 20 minutes
- RT @fantasticchaz: I'm more excited for the @mightymouseufc and @chadmendes fights than the main event. Thanks!! Means a lot!!
- 1 day, 9 hours, and 23 minutes
- @aaronsimpson that's what I have been hearin! I hope he does! U gonna be in Vegas this weekend??
- 1 day, 20 hours, and 49 minutes
- RT @vicclovesyou: @chadmendes thinks skinny,dream skinny, look skinny! Haha done!
- 1 day, 20 hours, and 50 minutes
- RT @FrankyRoe: @chadmendes what do u walk at outside of camp? Around 160
- 1 day, 20 hours, and 50 minutes
- Chad Mendes talks to IBN Sports about UFC 126 http://ning.it/gCW6ly
- 1 day, 21 hours, and 50 minutes
- Just fin. working out. Hit 150! Gonna eat a small sandwich n call it a night. Hopefully wake up 150 w only 4 lbs to cut. Feelin skinny haha!
- 1 day, 22 hours, and 18 minutes
- Just met up with my family now time to go cut some weight. Tonight n tomorrow r the hardest2get thru but well worth the pain! Almost time!!
- 2 days and 24 minutes
- RT @EatLikeAChamp: Urijah Faber Meets His Toughest Opponent: The Block's Healthy Food "Stare Down Contest"... http://tinyurl.com/46jlno7
- 2 days, 5 hours, and 17 minutes
- Super pumped! All my family gets in today! Can't wait to see em all!
- 2 days, 8 hours, and 50 minutes
- @chadmendes talks about his weight management for @UFC 126 this Saturday in Las Vegas. http://ning.it/fMwSzq
- 3 days, 4 hours, and 48 minutes
- RT @tedgruber: @chadmendes Makeup better be on call. HA! Hahaha! I know right!?
- 3 days, 4 hours, and 57 minutes
- Just finished an interview for yahoo sports now headin down to do my pre fight interview and photo shoot.
- 3 days, 5 hours, and 18 minutes
- RT @Kyla24: @chadmendes good luck chad:) not like u really need it:) thanks!
- 3 days, 19 hours, and 23 minutes
- RT @RolandoPerez619: @chadmendes what up Chad?! looking forward to watching your fight this Saturday. Thanks bro! I'm ready2kill! How u been
- 3 days, 20 hours, and 9 minutes
- RT @MMAInc: Spoke w @chadmendes b4 he left4Vegas. I'm liking where his head is at.Can't wait4 126! @UFC thanks Meff! Wish u could b here!
- 3 days, 20 hours, and 31 minutes
- Just finished workin out. My weight was 151! I'm feelin lika beast!! Now eatin a turkey sangwich in my room
- 3 days, 20 hours, and 32 minutes
- Headed to whole foods with @JoeB135 @jbmma155 and some girl we just met
- 4 days, 1 hour, and 20 minutes
- Master thong just mixed guacamole sour cream and ketchup and he loves it! http://plixi.com/p/74116609
- 4 days, 2 hours, and 13 minutes
- RT @jbmma155: OMG! @chadmendes @joeb135 Master Thong & Burt "we rollin" Watson! Haha Burts the man!! http://t.co/luAJhn2
- 4 days, 3 hours, and 13 minutes
- RT @BrandonMichael4: @chadmendes did your fight get SpikeTV? Yea super pumped!
- 4 days, 3 hours, and 14 minutes
- Sittin in the airport talkin life game plans with @jbmma155 and @JoeB135 master thong looks lost.
- 4 days, 6 hours, and 49 minutes
- All packed up and ready for Vegas! Leavin tomorrow at noon! Almost time! Night y'all!
- 4 days, 19 hours, and 31 minutes
- RT @VisaliasMMAGear: @chadmendes Ushould b able2get them Chad MONEY Mendes shirts at Visalia's MMA Gear & VMMA of Hanford by this week!sick!
- 5 days, 4 hours, and 53 minutes
- RT @QUEST_K1: @chadmendes where can we buy one of those Chad, are they available in the UK? I'm not sure let's ask @formathletics
- 5 days, 4 hours, and 56 minutes
- Just finished my last workout at UF now grabbin a sangwich at sub express. My weight was great hit 153!
- 5 days, 4 hours, and 59 minutes
- RT @shortyvotes: @chadmendes, you were nominated by @Theresa_MI for a Shorty Award in #sports sweet! Thanks!! http://bit.ly/fa1gH0
- 5 days, 5 hours, and 9 minutes
- RT @ZumpanoAthletic: @chadmendes good luck man ko that dude. Thanks!
- 5 days, 8 hours, and 44 minutes
- RT @lindsburchfield: @chadmendes Work just got so much better for a Monday... look what just arrived.thank u!! http://t.co/pzOkRPp
- 5 days, 8 hours, and 45 minutes
- RT @JosephMize: Saturday's wardrobe YES! Yea buddy!! @Chadmendes http://twitgoo.com/1y4enn
- 5 days, 8 hours, and 45 minutes
- Just woke up gotta do an interview then to the gym for my last workout with master thong in sac before my fight!
- 5 days, 9 hours, and 19 minutes
- RT @NickyD240: @chadmendes so did I win the boat naming contest yet? Yep! "Sexual reelin" is the winner! Thanks! Dm me ur addy
- 5 days, 22 hours, and 43 minutes
- I can't stop watching the guy get hit! His face is hilarious!!
- 6 days, 5 hours, and 3 minutes
- Hahahaha!! Just watched my new fav commercial! It's the zoosk commercial with the pro darts player! "mountain top!!" hahahaha!!
- 6 days, 5 hours, and 35 minutes
- Just woke up! Man I haven't slept in that late in a while. Feels great!
- 6 days, 7 hours, and 2 minutes
- Just got back from woodland. Awesome group of people today thanks everyone! Now headin to @giannapuppo bday dinner dt sac!
- 1 week, 1 hour, and 39 minutes
- RT @calisurfer6000: @chadmendes come not cone lol u know what I meant!
- 1 week, 5 hours, and 26 minutes
- Gonna be signing autographs today from 1-3 at 630 cottonwood st in woodland! Cone say hi!
- 1 week, 6 hours, and 6 minutes
- RT @JoeB135: @chadmendes is "carl" even in the running...hahahaha! Yea that was my second favorite
- 1 week, 7 hours, and 30 minutes
- As of now i think this one is my favorite! RT @NickyD240: @chadmendes "sexual reelin"
- 1 week, 8 hours, and 46 minutes
- RT @lindsburchfield: @chadmendes @JoeB135 @UrijahFaber No witch n her right mind would mess w this guild :)ahhahahaha! http://t.co/Kd30nt4
- 1 week, 20 hours, and 57 minutes
- RT @CourtSF49: @chadmendes my bro says "full of seamen" haha u would like that one sicko!!
- 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour, and 1 minute
- RT @MightyMouseUFC: @chadmendes nice. looking forward to your fight. Thanks brotha! Can't wait to see urs either!
- 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour, and 2 minutes
- Just finished my last boxing sparing session with the guys now time to eat and REST!!
- 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour, and 37 minutes
- Man I wish I was that creative! Keep em comin guys!! Some of those names r funny as shit! The winner will get a signed pic!
- 1 week, 1 day, 6 hours, and 11 minutes
- Headin to the gym to do some game planning and intense drills.
- 1 week, 1 day, 8 hours, and 52 minutes
- Hahaha thanks for all the names guys!! There r some awesome ones! This is gonna be tough to choose!
- 1 week, 1 day, 8 hours, and 53 minutes
- Hey guys I need help naming my fishin boat! Anyone have a cool one??
- 1 week, 1 day, 21 hours, and 29 minutes
- Hey guys I need help naming my boat! Anyone have a cool one??
- 1 week, 1 day, 21 hours, and 29 minutes
- Bout to cook up the last of my deer steaks. Sucks I'm gonna have to wait till sep to eat more! Hopefully I get one!
- 1 week, 2 days, and 32 minutes
- Sob!! I have to go back cus I didn't have the correct paperwork!!!! I haaaate that place!!!
- 1 week, 2 days, 2 hours, and 47 minutes