Chad Mendes will have to put those wrestling credentials aside for awhile because he is going to have to "stand and bang" at UFC on FOX 7 when he takes on Darren Elkins in San Jose, California, on April 20, 2013, according to "American."
Mendes -- an NCAA All-American wrestler -- is one of the best grapplers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight division, but that doesn't mean "Money" is hesitant to stand on his feet and slug it out.
In fact, the Team Alpha Male member has won his previous two bouts inside the Octagon via knockout (KO), taking out Cody McKenzie with a body punch at UFC 148 and Yaotzin Meza at UFC on FX 6 with a flurry of strikes, also in the very first round.
He'll need that same game plan in sunny California because as Elkins tells Sherdog Beatdown Radio, there will be a lot of stand-up action in their 145-pound collision:
"I think stand-up's going to be used a lot in there. I think we're both probably going to mix it up well, both use our wrestling, maybe dirty boxing, cage work. I'm sure we'll both attempt some takedowns. Hopefully I stop his takedowns. I'm sure he's going to probably try to stop some of my takedowns, and we're going to have to stand and bang some, too."
It shouldn't be a problem for "American," seeing as how he is probably still in pretty good fighting shape after disposing of Antonio Carvalho a few weeks ago at UFC 158 in just over three minutes of the opening frame.
The win earned him his fifth straight since making the drop down to the 145-pound weight class and marks his sixth win in seven attempts under the UFC banner since debuting for the promotion back in 2010.
Despite his impressive streak, he hasn't had much mention when speaking of the top of the food chain fighters in the division. In fact, he isn't even ranked in the top 10.
A win over the former No. 1 contender, Mendes, should change all of that.