MMA Rumors: Chad Mendes Retiring From UFC?
Chad Mendes has apparently thrown in the towel on his MMA profession after his misfortune to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232.
I can confirm that Chad Mendes has indeed decided to retire. Pretty surprised to hear this. He’s still a top level fighter imo. All the best to Chad in his future endeavors. Aldo/Mendes 2 is one of my all time fave fights. He’s been part of some great moments in this sport. ????
— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) December 30, 2018
Chad Mendez; UFC History
The previous Featherweight contender turned ace in 2008 and was joined by the UFC in 2011. Undefeated around then, Mendes was conceded a title shot against Jose Aldo in 2012 subsequent to having battled only twice for the advancement.
Regardless of enduring his first MMA misfortune subsequent to getting thumped out by Aldo, Mendes set up together a 5-battle win streak to set up a rematch against the once unconquerable Brazilian.
The rematch took care of business and was given battle of the night praises at UFC 179. The Featherweight title, however, kept on escaping Mendes. His last break at the 145 lbs title likewise finished in frustration as the Team Alpha Male contender missed the mark to Conor McGregor at UFC 189 in July 2015.
He lost his ensuing battle against Frankie Edgar in December that year and was on a rest until the point that he returned in July 2018. ‘Money’ indented up an amazing first-round TKO complete against Myles Jury in his rebound battle and appeared to be on the edges of another resurgent keep running towards procuring a shot at the Featherweight title.
In any case, his expectations were dashed by Volkonovski, who completed off Mendes in the second round by means of TKO. The battle was pronounced the Fight of the Night and extended the Australian’s streak in the UFC to 6 wins on the run.
While the future looks to a great degree brilliant for Volkonovski, the equivalent can’t be said about Mendes.
The Back Story
There is no affirmation from Mendes’ side with respect to his reputed retirement and until the man himself puts out an announcement, everything we can do is keep our fingers crossed and trust despite everything he has a couple of more appearances left in him.
The 33-year-old previous NCAA Division I All-American is as yet viewed as a best Featherweight and is at present positioned fifth in the UFC rankings.
Mendes might not have tasted gold amid his 7-year UFC profession yet he unarguably merits credit for the division’s prosperity throughout the years. We seek he sticks around after a couple of more battles, since he merits a legitimate farewell.
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