Chad Mendes and Michihiro Omigawa met on the first fight of the Spike TV broadcast of UFC 126. Both men were highly ranked featherweights with Omigawa having found success since dropping to 145 and Mendes yet to lose as a professional. Mendes managed to beat Omigawa up on the feet and when the fight went to the ground he was on top landing hard punches and elbows. From bell to bell it was almost all Mendes.
In the second round Mendes landed a hard shot that sent Omigawa stumbling to the floor. Chad followed up with several hard punches but Omigawa was able to survive the onslaught. In the third round Omigawa attempted to step up his punching output and find a way to finish the fight but Mendes again landed hard punches. With ten seconds left in the fight Mendes put an exclamation point on his performance landing two hard punches.
As the judges scorecards were read a dejected Omigawa, bleeding from the nose and a huge cut over his eye, knew what was coming. All three judges saw the fight 30-27 for Mendes who now improves to 10-0 in his career.