Former UFC featherweight fighter Chad Mendes announced that he will be coming out of retirement and has signed a multi-fight deal with BKFC- Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
Chad Mendes is the former UFC featherweight title challenger who has been out of the fight game for quite a long time now. In, 2016, the UFC announced that Mendes had been informed of a potential doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition test conducted by USADA. He claims the cause was from a topical cream used to treat his psoriasis, however, USADA reported that Mendes tested positive for GHRP-6, a growth hormone release stimulator, and Mendes was suspended for two-years.
After returning from his suspension and two-and-a-half years away from the sport, Mendes faced Myles Jury at UFC Fight Night 133. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. Mendes then challenged Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. Following this loss, Mendes announced his retirement from the sport.
Chad Mendes signs with BKFC
— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) August 4, 2021
Recently while talking on the widely famous Joe Rogan Podcast, Chad announced that he be coming out of his retirement and get back in the ring. But he won’t compete in the MMA circuit instead he has already signed a multi-fight deal with BKFC.
“I just signed a big contract – I’m coming back to fighting,” Mendes told Rogan. “But I’m not coming back to MMA. … I’m coming back to boxing. I want to try something different. I think we’re going to throw some bareknuckle in there, bro – just mix it up and get real crazy. This is something that’s kind of been in the works for probably a year now.”
During his time with the UFC, Chad fought a long list of featherweight contenders while earning wins over names such as Ricardo Lamas, Nik Lentz, Clay Guida, and Darren Elkins. He also engaged in a memorable five-round war with Jose Aldo in a featherweight title fight back in 2014. He also fought Conor Mcgregor for the interim belt at UFC 189 in 2015.
In that fight, Conor was supposed to face Jose Aldo who pulled out of the contest just a few days before the fight. With no one else to show up, Chad decided to test Mcgregor’s skill-set and was very successful in doing so. He took Conor down in the first and the second round and landed some vicious ground and pound and also made Conor bleed. But by the end of the second round, he was very tired as he didn’t have enough cardio for the fight due to no training camp. Conor took over the situation and landed an amazing left straight that send Chad to the ground and Conor finished him at the very last moments of the fight.
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