Chad Mendes Biography
Chad Scott Mendes an American, retired mixed martial artist who competed as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 2, 2019, he is ranked 8th in official UFC featherweight rankings.
Chad Mendes Age
Mendes was born on 1st of May 1985 in Hanford, California, U.S. He is 34 years old as of 2018.
Chad Mendes Young | Family
There is no information about his early life, he has not shared any information about his parents with their occupation, he has also shared no information in regards to his sibling and how he was raised.
Chad Mendes Wife
Mendes is still unmarried but is in a relationship with his girlfriend Abby Raines. His girlfriend a national level volleyball player and Abby were also featured in UFC embedded: Vlog series as Chad’s girlfriend.
Chad Mendes Education
While at school he took part in wrestling and he finished at top 10 in the entire state for three consecutive times. He later joined college California Polytechnic State University where he used to wrestle and holds the record of 64-14. After college, He as later began to train with Alpha Male which is a team of mixed martial artists and as he began fighting for the Palace Fighting Championship, he emerged undefeated. While wrestling for Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. Mendes twice earned NCAA All-American honors with a record of 64-14 and finished the year with a 30-1 record and placed 2nd in 2008 NCAA Championships. He was also named Pac-10 Wrestler of the year.
Chad Mendes Career
Mendes won his first fight via unanimous decision against Erik Koch in his WEC debut on March 6, 2010, despite a cut over his right eye. After UFC merged with WEC, Mendes made his debut in February 2011 against Michihiro Omigawa. On November 11, 2010, Mendes faced Javier Vazquez and defeated him and on January 14, 2012, at UFC 142 he fought UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo losing at the first round via KO, which was his first professional loss.
Mendes won the fight via first-round KO against Cody Mckenzie on July 7, 2012. Mendes faced Clay Guida on August 31, 2013, at UFC164 and became the first man to finish him by strikes, which also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award. Mendes made his WEC debut against Erik Koch on March 6, 2010, at WEC 47. 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. 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.
Mendes made his UFC debut against returning veteran and judo black belt Michihiro Omigawa on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126. He won the fight via unanimous decision. 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. Mendes instead faced Rani Yahya at the event. He won the fight via unanimous decision. 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.
Mendes next faced Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012, at UFC 148. He won the fight via first-round TKO due to a body punch. Mendes was expected to face Hacran Dias on December 15, 2012, at UFC on FX 6. However just days before the event, Dias pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Yaotzin Meza. Mendes defeated Meza via KO at 3:38 in the first round. Mendes was expected to face Manvel Gamburyan on February 23, 2013, at UFC 157.
However, Gamburyan pulled out of the bout, citing a thumb injury. Subsequently, Mendes was pulled from the card as a suitable replacement could not be found on short notice. Mendes was expected to face Clay Guida on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. However, it was revealed on March 15 that Guida had pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Darren Elkins. Mendes won the fight by TKO at 1:08 in the first round. A rescheduled bout with Guida took place on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164. 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.
Mendes faced Nik Lentz on December 14, 2013, at UFC on Fox 9 He won the fight via unanimous decision. 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. However, in early July, Aldo pulled out of the bout with an injury. The rematch with Aldo was subsequently rescheduled and took place on October 25, 2014, at UFC 179.[ 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. Despite the loss on the scorecards, Mendes was awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout. The fight won the World MMA Awards 2015 fight of the year award.
Mendes faced Ricardo Lamas on April 4, 2015, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 63. Mendes won the fight via TKO in the first round. The win also earned Mendes his first Performance of the Night bonus award. On May 18, 2015, Dana White tweeted that Chad Mendes had agreed to an eight-fight contract with UFC. José Aldo was expected to face Conor McGregor on July 11, 2015, at UFC 189 for the undisputed UFC Featherweight Championship. 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. McGregor won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Mendes faced Frankie Edgar on December 11, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. 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. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award. Mendes faced Alexander Volkanovski on December 29, 2018, at UFC 232. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. Following the loss, Mendes announced his retirement from the sport.
Mendes faced Anthony Morrison, replacing an injured Mackens Semerzier, on April 24, 2010, at WEC 48. He won via first round submission. Mendes faced Cub Swanson on August 18, 2010, at WEC 50. He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 29–28). Mendes faced Javier Vazquez on November 11, 2010, at WEC 52 and defeated him via unanimous decision. 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 the fronts flipped on Vazquez who was on the ground, to land on him.
Chad Mendes Net Worth
Mendes earned $500,000 as an exclusive bonus from UFC 189 event. He as well owns of Finz and feathers. He has had a very high profile matches throughout his career, and he makes a good income from all of it. His net worth is estimated to be around $1.5 million. His UFC career earnings are reported to be $1,274,000.
Chad Mendes Retire
Mendes had hoped to put on a winning streak against Alexander Volkanovski. Instead, it was Volkanovski who was able to extend his victory run in the UFC to six, ending the fight via second-round TKO and earning a Fight of the Night bonus to boot. After having been disappoied with the outcome, the Team Alpha Male fighter (18-5, with 10 wins by stoppage) apparently decided to end his professional mixed martial arts run. He is standing at the number five spot in the official rankings, the 33-year-old Mendes last win was in July when he defeated Myles Jury via first round TKO after a two and a half year layoff. He also earned an extra $50,000 for Performance of the Night honors.
Chad Mendes Height
Chad stands at a height of is 5 feet 6 inches tall in and a body weight of 65 kg.
Chad Mendes Wrestling
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- NCAA Division I All-American (2006, 2008)
- Pac-10 Conference Championship (2006, 2008)
- Pac-10 Conference Wrestler of the Year (2008)
- NCAA Division I 125 lb: 6th place out of Cal Poly (2006)
- NCAA Division I 141 lb: Runner-up out of Cal Poly (2008)
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Chad Mendes Interview
After a Performance of the Night earning outing against Myles Jury this past July, the UFC’s #5 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes is gearing up to face the #10 ranked Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232 on December 29th, 2018. Bloody Elbow caught up with Mendes to discuss the benefits of eating wild game and the ways in which he prepares his meat, specifically elk heart (with photos). Mendes is also asked about what made him accept a matchup with someone ranked below him, instead of a matchup with someone ranked above him. Mendes also breaks down his upcoming bout with Volkanovski, and then gives his opinion on who the real G.O.A.T. is at 145-pounds.
- How’s your Finz & Featherz celebrity outdoor adventure service doing?
“It’s been good, man. We’re all wrapped up for 2018. We’ll be launching our 2019 schedule right in the beginning of January, but 2018 was a huge success. We had a ton of clients. We had a lot of people that were able to tag out, take a bunch of organic free range meat home, make some awesome memories. A lot of those guys are returning clients from past years, so we’ll just continue to keep those guys going and hopefully add some new ones each year, and keep growing the business. It’s been good man.”
- What would you say are the biggest advantages of eating wild game?
“Other than it just being a little healthier than a lot of the meats that are bought in the store, it’s not pumped full of a bunch of hormones and who knows what. For me, it’s knowing the animal has lived a free and wild life, you know, not just stuck in a cage in its own shit and piss and being mistreated and stuff. For me, it’s just a little bit more peace of mind. As far as health goes, wild game is a lot leaner than your corn-fed beef and all the other stuff put into the system there. A little bit more protein as well. I know protein per ounce is a lot higher in a lot of the wild game, compared to beef, and chicken, and pork.”
- The last time we spoke you talked about your crazy grill with the wood burning chips. Is that how you’re still preparing your meat?
“The Traeger, man. It’s the Traeger lifestyle, man. It’s awesome. I have the Timberline 850 and have one of the portable ones now too, the Tailgater. It’s so awesome, man, just being able to go outside and turn a knob. It’s a wood pellet grill, so it has like an auger that feeds it straight into the little fire pot. So, if I want to go to what, 375, I just turn the dial to 375. The auger sends the pellet speed being fed into the fire pot at a certain speed, and it stays at the temperature I want it.”
“Not only that, the smoke. I love smoking meats. If you saw my Instagram, you’re a little bit ahead of me over there [Phuket, Thailand] but I did an elk heart just a few hours ago. I seasoned it, it’s actually only half of it. Elk hearts are extremely big. So, I halved it, I seasoned it all up, and then I smoked it for about two hours on the Traeger grill. Then, I turned it up to about 400 and finished it off, and then sliced it real thin and put it on a big salad. I put some pictures on my [Instagram] story if you want to check it out, but it turned out good.”
- What is your Instagram handle so everyone can follow also?
“It’s just @ChadMendes and it’s M-E-N-D-E-S not a Z.”
- I don’t think I’ve ever had elk heart. What’s the taste like?
“Have you ever had beef heart?”
- Negative. I don’t think I’ve ever had heart period.
“So it kind of has the same texture, if cooked right, like a filet mignon. It’s like really dense but very tender. It has like almost kind of an irony taste, but it’s almost like a sweet irony taste. It’s kind of hard to explain, but if you cook it right it’s super tender. Like the way I did it, I just smoked it. So I had a smoke ring around the outside of it, and I sliced it off and then just like threw it real quick on the grill for the grill marks, just for like extra flavor. I like heart.”
- I’ve never considered eating heart, but you really do make it sound delicious. I might have to venture out and try it.
“You should try it, man. I highly recommend it, if it’s cooked right. I’ve had it before where it wasn’t very good, but if it’s cooked right it’s good. I promise.”
- The last time we saw you in the cage, you had a Performance of the Night outing against Myles Jury back in July. Afterwards, we spoke and I asked you about Alexander Volkanovski, who called you out after his win over your teammate Darren Elkins. You said you thought it was a great stylistic matchup for you, but also admitted that it was a backwards step for you, outside of a payday. What changed for you to accept the fight?
“It’s the only fight that they would give me.”
“They wouldn’t give me anybody else. I wanted to fight the winner of Frankie and Zombie, and they just said that was going to be too long of a timeframe off. I said I’d be willing to wait, but ultimately, the UFC is the boss, and I got to do whatever they say. Alex is now the one on the radar. Obviously, in my mind a step backwards, only because he’s ranked below me, not because I don’t think he’s tough. I obviously think he’s a tough dude. It’s me just having to be on my A game. This is a guy that’s trying to make his way up in the rankings. He’s a young up and comer. I can’t let that happen. I got to go out there, I got to destroy this guy and just keep moving forward.”
- Volkanovski is known to get in people’s faces, take them down, and get to work with his ground strikes. Chad Mendes is quite the wrestler who possesses big power in his punches. Are you going to force Volkan to stand with you?
“In all his fights leading up to this, he’s always been the bully in there. He basically is able to dictate the pace, dictate where the fight goes, and I think this is going to be a big awakening for him not being able to do that. I think my wrestling is going to be better than his. I feel like I’m faster. He hits hard, obviously talking to Darren, going over things with him. I just have to make sure my fight I.Q. is on point the entire three rounds, if it goes that long. And just make sure that I’m doing exactly what we practiced in this training camp and I win this fight.”
- After this, are you gunning for Max Holloway?
“Of course, man. That’s always the next step, hopefully. Like I said, ultimately it’s up to the UFC, but I would love to get in there and fight a guy like Max. I really like Max. I think the guy’s a great champion, he’s respectful, he’s a family man. It’d be an honor to get in there and fight a guy like Max. So, if I get in there and beat Alex and they say that’s the next step for me, I’m all in.”
- You’ve been in the cage with prime Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor, Frankie Edgar, etc. There’s a lot of talk right now about who is the G.O.A.T. at 145-pounds. How would you weigh in on that topic?
“That’s me bro haha. What’s crazy about this sport, is that it’s tough to find one person to say that’s the greatest. I feel like any of us, on any given night, could beat any one of each other. This is a sport that anything can happen. These are little gloves. We’re all very talented in different areas and whoever’s having the better night that night is going to be the champ. To say someone is the greatest, I don’t know about all that, but I think all of us are right up in there.”
Watch the 18-4 Chad “Money” Mendes lock horns with the 18-1 Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232 on December 29, 2018. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for all of your UFC event coverage including interviews, play-by-play, highlights, and more!