Chad Mendes
Money

USA

Retires from MMA
FeatherweightOther
February 5, 2019
Mendes has retired from MMA, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Mendes apparently made his decision after his TKO loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232 in December. The loss was his fourth in his last six bouts, though the defeats came to elite competition such as Frankie Edgar, Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. There was also a two-year hiatus in that window due to a USADA suspension he never contested, claiming the banned substance was found in his psoriasis cream. Upon his return, Mendes showed he still had something in the tank after dealing Myles Jury a vicious TKO before eventually losing to one of the 145-pound division's top prospects. Provided he does not receive a lucrative offer to end his retirement, "Money" Mendes will be remembered as one of the best pure wrestlers in the weight class. He averaged over 4.0 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time during his UFC tenure, and was never taken down under in 14 fights with the promotion. The 33-year-old will walk away with an 18-5 record as a professional and a 9-5 record with the UFC.
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Loses via TKO in thrilling two round war
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December 29, 2018
Mendes was defeated by Alexander Volkanovski via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 2 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
Mendes was impressive in this loss. It was a clash of styles as Volkanovski was the more technical fighter and Mendes was throwing power shots for the majority of the fight. "Money" had success early, and was able to get a takedown at the end of the first round which may have won him the round. In the second, Mendes knocked the Australian down and looked to finish the fight, but then Volkanovski stunned him with a right hand. From there, Mendes took him down, Volkanovski got back to his feet and then proceeded to land a huge elbow on the Team Alpha Male fighter. Volkanovski landed a big punch to put Mendes down and then followed up with punches to get the TKO victory.
Added to UFC 232 card
FeatherweightOther
November 6, 2018
Mendes will fight Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232 in Las Vegas on December 29, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Mendes made a successful return to the octagon in July following more than a two-year layoff due to a USADA suspension, taking down Myles Jury in the first round via TKO (punches). He'll have his hands full against Volkanovski, who is in the midst of a 15-fight win streak.
Returns from two-year suspension to quickly KO Myles Jury
FeatherweightOther
July 14, 2018
Mendes defeated Myles Jury via TKO (punches) at 2:52 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time since December 2015, Mendes clearly showed no signs of rust. Dinged with a two-year USADA suspension for testing positive for a growth hormone, Mendes's last fight prior to Saturday was a KO loss to Frankie Edgar. Prior to that, he was knocked out by Conor McGregor. In this one he connected with a beautiful left hand and followed it up with countless shots in order to earn the stoppage. Mendes has been around seemingly forever, but he's still just 33 years old. There's no reason he can't make another run at the UFC Featherweight Championship in the near future.
Will fight Myles Jury at UFC Boise
FeatherweightOther
May 7, 2018
Mendes is booked to fight Mules Jury at UFC Boise on July 14, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Mendes hasn't fought since December of 2015 after he was suspended for two years for testing positive for a growth hormone. Even with the use of a banned substance, Mendes had still lost three of his last four fights prior to the suspension. Given how long it has been since Mendes was in the octagon and that the fighter just turned 33 years old, he could be battling some rust against Jury come July 14.
Targeting mid-summer return
FeatherweightOther
April 23, 2018
Mendes (suspension) is hoping for an early-July return, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Mendes was dealt a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that dates back to June 10, 2016, and that timetable is nearly complete. The Team Alpha Male product will turn 33 years old May 1, and when he does return, will look to break a two-fight losing streak. Long considered one of the UFC's elite featherweights, Mendes is undefeated in his career against opponents not named Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor or Frankie Edgar. His experience should earn him a ranked opponent upon returning, but it remains to be seen how much he'll be affected by ring rust.