Chad Mendes

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Chad Mendes
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BornChad Mendes
(1985-05-01) May 1, 1985 (age 33)
Hanford, California, United States
Other namesMoney
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)[1]
Reach66 in (168 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSacramento, California, United States
TeamTeam Alpha Male[3]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[4]
Years active2008–2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision8
By knockout4
By decision1
UniversityCalifornia Polytechnic State University
Notable school(s)Hanford High School
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Chad Mendes (born May 1, 1985)[1] is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 2, 2019, he is #8 in official UFC featherweight rankings.[5]

Wrestling career[edit]


Mendes wrestled for Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. He finished his career with an overall record of 64–14 and twice earned NCAA All-American honors. As a senior, Mendes finished the year with a 30–1 record; he placed 2nd in the 2008 NCAA championships at 141 lb., falling to Ohio State's J Jaggers in the title match.[6] That year, Mendes was Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After the conclusion of his collegiate career, Mendes began to train with the mixed martial arts team Team Alpha Male.[3] He began fighting for the Palace Fighting Championship and went undefeated.[citation needed]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Mendes made his WEC debut against Erik Koch on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision, despite a cut over his right eye that was examined during the fight to see if he could continue.[citation needed]

Mendes faced Anthony Morrison, replacing an injured Mackens Semerzier,[9] on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48. He won via first round submission.[citation needed]

Mendes faced Cub Swanson on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 29–28).[citation needed]

Mendes faced Javier Vazquez on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52 and defeated him via unanimous decision.[11] Mendes was able to utilize his improved striking to compliment his superior wrestling to dictate where he wanted to take the action. During the fight, Mendes used an unorthodox move when he front flipped on Vazquez who was on the ground, to land on him.[citation needed]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[12]

Mendes made his UFC debut against returning veteran and judo black belt Michihiro Omigawa on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Following UFC 129, Dana White mentioned in the post-fight press conference that Mendes may have a shot at the title against UFC featherweight champion José Aldo. Although the two were expected to fight on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133, Aldo would be sidelined until October recovering from various injuries sustained during the Hominick bout.[15][16] Mendes instead faced Rani Yahya at the event.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Mendes fought UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142, losing at 4:59 of the first round via KO, giving Mendes his first professional loss.[19][20]

Mendes next faced Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.[21] He won the fight via first-round TKO due to a body punch.[22]

Mendes was expected to face Hacran Dias on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6.[23] However just days before the event, Dias pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Yaotzin Meza.[24] Mendes defeated Meza via KO at 3:38 in the first round.[25]

Mendes was expected to face Manvel Gamburyan on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[26] However, Gamburyan pulled out of the bout, citing a thumb injury.[27] Subsequently, Mendes was pulled from the card as a suitable replacement could not be found on short notice.[28]

Mendes was expected to face Clay Guida on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[29] However it was revealed on March 15 that Guida had pulled out of the bout citing an injury[30] and was replaced by Darren Elkins.[31] Mendes won the fight by TKO at 1:08 in the first round.[32]

A rescheduled bout with Guida took place on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[33] After a close first and second round, Mendes finished Guida via TKO by punches in the third round and became the first man to ever finish Guida by strikes. The win also earned Mendes his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.[34][35]

Mendes faced Nik Lentz on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

A rematch with José Aldo was expected to take place on August 2, 2014 as the event headliner at UFC 176 for the UFC Featherweight Championship.[38] However, in early July, Aldo pulled out of the bout with an injury.[39] The rematch with Aldo was subsequently rescheduled and took place on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.[40] He became the first man to knock down Aldo by dropping him with a left hand, in the first round, Mendes and Aldo both rocked each other with clean punches, Mendes would go on to lose the fight via a very close unanimous decision.[41] Despite the loss on the scorecards, Mendes was awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout.[42] The fight won World MMA Awards 2015 fight of the year award.[43]

Mendes faced Ricardo Lamas on April 4, 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 63.[44] Mendes won the fight via TKO in the first round.[45] The win also earned Mendes his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[46]

On May 18, 2015 Dana White tweeted that Chad Mendes had agreed to an eight-fight contract with UFC.[47]

José Aldo was expected to face Conor McGregor on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189 for the undisputed UFC Featherweight Championship.[48] However, in the days leading up to the fight, Aldo pulled out of the bout because of a rib injury he sustained in training. Mendes stepped in as a short notice replacement to face McGregor for the interim championship.[49] McGregor won the fight via TKO in the second round.[50]

Mendes faced Frankie Edgar on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[51] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[52]

After returning from his suspension and two-and-a-half years away from the sport, Mendes faced Myles Jury on July 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 133.[53] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[54] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[55]

Mendes faced Alexander Volkanovski on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[56] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.[57] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[58] Following the loss, Mendes announced his retirement from the sport. [59]

Doping violations and suspension[edit]

On June 10, 2016, the UFC announced that Mendes had been informed of a potential doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition test conducted by USADA.[60] Mendes responded, "I didn't do my homework and that was a big mistake. I own it and I'm going to pay for it."[61] On July 20, 2016, USADA reported that Mendes tested positive for GHRP-6, a growth hormone release stimulator, and suspended Mendes for 2 years.[62] He was not eligible to compete again until June 10, 2018.[63]

Submission Grappling[edit]

Mendes competed in Submission Underground 3 on January 30, 2017, where he defeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion and 27 time Grapplers Quest champion, Jeff Glover in overtime.[64]

Personal life[edit]

Mendes is of Portuguese, Italian, Puerto Rican, Irish, and Native American descent.[65]

Mendes founded the hunting and fishing guide service Finz and Featherz.[66]

Battery charges[edit]

Mendes was charged with battery for alleged involvement in a bar fight on July 29, 2012 in his hometown of Hanford, California. The Kings County District Attorney's Office announced on August 25, 2012, that it would seek a battery charge against Mendes.[67] The charges were dropped after Mendes pleaded no contest to a count of public disturbance and paid a fine.[68]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–5 Alexander Volkanovski TKO (punches) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 2 4:14 Inglewood, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 18–4 Myles Jury TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov July 14, 2018 1 2:51 Boise, Idaho, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 17–4 Frankie Edgar KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale December 11, 2015 1 2:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–3 Conor McGregor TKO (punches) UFC 189 July 11, 2015 2 4:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 17–2 Ricardo Lamas TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 1 2:45 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 16–2 José Aldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 179 October 25, 2014 5 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil For the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–1 Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 15–1 Clay Guida TKO (punches) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 0:30 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 14–1 Darren Elkins TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 1 1:08 San Jose, California, United States
Win 13–1 Yaotzin Meza KO (punches) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson December 15, 2012 1 1:55 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 12–1 Cody McKenzie TKO (body punch) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 1 0:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–1 José Aldo KO (knee) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 1 4:59 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil For the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–0 Rani Yahya Decision (unanimous) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10–0 Michihiro Omigawa Decision (unanimous) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Javier Vazquez Decision (unanimous) WEC 52 November 11, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Anthony Morrison Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 48 April 24, 2010 1 2:13 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 6–0 Erik Koch Decision (unanimous) WEC 47 March 6, 2010 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 5–0 Mike Joy Decision (unanimous) Tachi Palace Fights 1 October 8, 2009 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 4–0 Steven Siler KO (punches) TPF: Best of Both Worlds July 16, 2009 1 0:44 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–0 Art Arciniega Decision (unanimous) PFC: Best of Both Worlds 2 April 23, 2009 3 3:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–0 Leland Gridley TKO (punches) PFC: Best of Both Worlds February 6, 2009 2 1:58 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 1–0 Giovanni Encarnacion Submission (rear-naked choke) PFC 10: Explosive September 26, 2008 1 2:06 Lemoore, California, United States


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