Chad
Mendes
17-2-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #1 Featherweight

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 14 fights.
Record: 17-2-0
Summary: Wrestling, speed, power

Fighter Info

Nickname: Money
From: Hanford, CA USA
Fights Out Of: Sacramento, CA USA
Age: 29
Height: 5' 6" ( 167 cm )
Weight: 145 lb ( 65 kg )
College: Cal Poly

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
767
49% Successful
373
Types of Successful Strikes
0
373
65% Standing
29%
241
25
107
Striking Defense
71
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
70
54% Successful
38
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
3
12
1
Takedown Defense
100
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided

Biography

TRAINING: A typical day of training is a 9:15am practice that consists of intense drilling in BJJ and wrestling, and live MMA sparring. At 4pm is intense Muay Thai training with Master Thong. Three mile run at night.
  

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started wrestling at the age of five, so I have grown up competing pretty much my entire life. I met Urijah Faber when I was in high school and worked wrestling camps with him during my college summers. I did some jiu-jitsu with him at a few of these camps and really liked it. After college wrestling I still had the drive to compete, so I decided to move to Sacramento and start training with Team Alpha Male.

What ranks and titles have you held? 2x PAC 10 champ, 2x D1 NCAA All-American

Do you have any heroes? My Father. He has gone through a lot in his life and has really shown me what it means to never quit.

What is your favorite technique? The wushu finger hold

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is a huge accomplishment for me considering I've only been fighting for about 2 1/2 years now. I never expected to be fighting for the UFC so soon. I remember watching the UFC when I was a kid and thought it was the coolest thing ever and now I'm a part of it. It feels awesome!

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Cal-Poly

What was your job before you started fighting? Student
  • Was 4-0 in WEC with wins over Javier Vazquez, Cub Swanson, Anthony Morrison, Erik Koch

 

  • Training partner of former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber

 

  • Accomplished college wrestler

 

  • Two wins by KO, two by submission

 

Career

Trained With

Urijah Faber
Urijah Faber
32-7-0
( W-L-D )
Joseph Benavidez
Joseph Benavidez
21-4-0
( W-L-D )

Key Opponents

Rani Yahya
Rani Yahya
20-8-0, 1NC
( W-L-D )
Erik Koch
Erik Koch
14-4-0
( W-L-D )

Key Fights

Result
Opponent
Event
Replay
Win
Michihiro Omigawa UFC® 126 SILVA vs BELFORT

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