23 Facts About Chad Mendes

1. Chad Mendes gained notoriety competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he was a three-time UFC championship challenger.

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2. Chad Mendes wrestled for Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

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3. Chad Mendes began fighting for the Palace Fighting Championship and went undefeated.

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4. Chad Mendes made his WEC debut against Erik Koch on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.

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5. Chad Mendes faced Anthony Morrison, replacing an injured Mackens Semerzier, on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.

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6. Chad Mendes faced Cub Swanson on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.

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7. Chad Mendes faced Javier Vazquez on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52 and defeated him via unanimous decision.

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8. Chad Mendes fought UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142, losing at 4:59 of the first round via KO, giving Chad Mendes his first professional loss.

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9. Chad Mendes was expected to face Hacran Dias on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6.

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10. Subsequently, Chad Mendes was pulled from the card as a suitable replacement could not be found on short notice.

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11. Chad Mendes faced Nik Lentz on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.

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12. Chad Mendes faced Ricardo Lamas on April 4, 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 63.

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13. Chad Mendes stepped in as a short notice replacement to face McGregor for the interim championship.

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14. Chad Mendes faced Frankie Edgar on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.

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15. Chad Mendes faced Alexander Volkanovski on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.

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16. Chad Mendes lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

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17. Chad Mendes debuted on February 19, 2022 at KnuckleMania 2 defeating Joshuah Alvarez by technical knockout.

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18. Chad Mendes responded, "I didn't do my homework and that was a big mistake.

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19. Chad Mendes was not eligible to compete again until June 10, 2018.

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20. Chad 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.

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21. Chad Mendes is of Portuguese, Italian, Puerto Rican, Irish, and Native American descent.

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22. Chad Mendes founded the hunting and fishing guide service Finz and Featherz.

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23. The charges were dropped after Chad Mendes pleaded no contest to a count of public disturbance and paid a fine.

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