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Chad Mendes (born May 1, 1985 in Hanford, California) is an American mixed martial arts fighter who recently signed to fight as a featherweight in the WEC organization.[1].

Mendes currently trains with Team Alpha Male and one of his key training partners is Urijah Faber. He is currently ranked #7 in the Palace Fighting Championship featherweight division [2].


Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

High School Wrestling CareerEdit

Mendes finished 8th in the state of California (103 weight class), wrestling for Hanford High School. Chad Mendes also received honors for being a Cadet All-American [3].

NCAA Wrestling CareerEdit

Mendes wrestled for California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Mendes was the runner-up in the NCAA Chad Mendes finished his career with an overall record of 64-14. As a Senior, Mendes finished the year with a 30-1 record, being ranked #1 in the nation for most of the season. He eventually lost to Ohio State's Jaggers in the title match for the 141 weight class [4]. Mendes received All-American honors both in 2005 for the 125 weight class and again in 2008 for the 141 weight class. In 2008, Mendes also received Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year honors [5].

MMA careerEdit

After the conclusion of his NCAA Wrestling Career, Mendes began to train with the mixed martial arts team Team Alpha Male [6]. Mendes has begun fighting in the Featherweight (MMA) division and trains with the likes of Urijah Faber. Mendes was recently a feature piece of Sherdog's Prospect Watch with an entire article written about him [6].

Mendes is currently sponsored by Clinch Gear, and recently signed a sponsorship deal with Amp Energy.

WECEdit

Mendes successfully made his WEC debut against Erik Koch on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[7] 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.

MMA record Edit

Record Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
6-0 3/6/2010 Win United States flag Erik Koch WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Columbus, Ohio, USA WEC debut
5-0 10/8/2009 Win United States flag Mike Joy Tachi Palace Fights 1: Most Wanted Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Lemoore, California, USA
4-0 7/16/2009 Win United States flag Steven Siler PFC: Best of Both Worlds 3 KO (Punches) 1 0:44 United States flag Lemoore, California, USA
3-0 4/23/2009 Win United States flag Art Arciniega PFC: Best of Both Worlds 2 Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 United States flag Lemoore, California, USA
2-0 2/6/2009 Win United States flag Leland Gridley PFC: Best of Both Worlds TKO (Punches) 2 1:58 United States flag Lemoore, California, USA
1-0 9/26/2008 Win United States flag Giovanni Encarnacion PFC 10: Explosive Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:06 United States flag Lemoore, California, USA MMA Debut

References Edit

  1. Featherweight prospect Chad Mendes signs multi-fight WEC deal. www.mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved on 2009-10-30.
  2. http://www.palacefightingchampionship.com/?fuse=content.view&id=33
  3. http://www.wrestlingusa.com/02%20wusa%20web%20root/highschoolbest/hsbesttournamentsnotice.html
  4. http://gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&tab=news&id=29931&article_id=46731
  5. http://gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&tab=news&id=29931&article_id=47571
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named sherdog.com
  7. CHAD MENDES VS. ERIK KOCH ON FOR WEC COLUMBUS. mmaweekly.com (2009-01-26).

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