33-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 17-4-0
May 7, 2018 Chad Mendes News
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Mendes is booked to fight Mules Jury at UFC Boise on July 14, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
Mendes hasn't fought since December of 2015 after he was suspended for two years for testing positive for a growth hormone. Even with the use of a banned substance, Mendes had still lost three of his last four fights prior to the suspension. Given how long it has been since Mendes was in the octagon and that the fighter just turned 33 years old, he could be battling some rust against Jury come July 14.
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Fantasy AnalysisMendes was dealt a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that dates back to June 10, 2016, and that timetable is nearly complete. The Team Alpha Male product will turn 33 years old May 1, and when he does return, will look to break a two-fight losing streak. Long considered one of the UFC's elite featherweights, Mendes is undefeated in his career against opponents not named Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor or Frankie Edgar. His experience should earn him a ranked opponent upon returning, but it remains to be seen how much he'll be affected by ring rust.
Fantasy AnalysisMendes' positive test on came back with GHRP-6, a growth hormone that releases hexapeptide. The suspension is backdated to June 10, when the official notification of the possible positive test came out. Mendes, who has a 1-3 mark over his past four fights, will be 33 years old when he returns from the suspension. The wrestling specialist has already lost to the elite in the featherweight division (Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar), so there would need to be a serious shakeup at the top of the weight class if Mendes intends to compete for a UFC strap at any point down the road.
Fantasy AnalysisNo official punishment has been handed down just yet, but Mendes reportedly failed an out of competition drug test, which will more than likely lead to disciplinary action. If the 31-year-old featherweight's sample does in fact contain a banned substance, he may be subject to a suspension and fine under the newly-established agreement between the UFC and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Mendes currently does not have an upcoming fight scheduled, so at the very least, a looming suspension would not hurt any of the promotion's future events.
Fantasy AnalysisOne monster shot can end any fight and unfortunately it happened to Mendes in this one. Chad actually looked good early, landing a couple huge kicks to the legs of Edgar. Yet one left hook later and that was all she wrote. Mendes is 1-3 in his last four fights, but you can't knock a guy who has losses against Edgar, Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. Chad is in an awkward spot - he is easily one of the three or four best featherweights in the world, but he has come up short every single time he has fought a guy ranked above him and he has young fighters like Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira nipping at his heels. Mendes has the natural athletic ability to compete with any fighter in the world, but constantly coming up short in big fights is a bad look.
Fantasy AnalysisComing off a TKO loss at the hands of Conor McGregor in July, Mendes has a tall task in front of him if he hopes to avoid the first two-fight losing streak of his career. Always one of the best fighters in the 145-pound division, Mendes has had three chances to win the UFC featherweight title and has come up short each time. With McGregor, Jose Aldo and potentially Edgar ahead of him on the depth chart, this pretty much becomes a must win for Mendes if he hopes of receiving another title shot anytime in the semi-near future.
Fantasy AnalysisMendes broke his thumb in his loss to Conor McGregor in July, but he will be ready to roll by December. He will have a full training camp for this fight after taking the McGregor fight on short notice. It should be an absolutely terrific bout. Even though Mendes technically lost a "title fight" to McGregor, it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could get the winner of the McGregor v. Jose Aldo unification bout if he can get past Edgar. It won't be an easy task.
Fantasy AnalysisThe injury was discovered when Mendes visited a doctor on Monday. He is expected to find out later this week if the injury will require surgery or not. We will post an update when more information is released.
Fantasy AnalysisThe fight went as many expected. Mendes was able to get a bunch of takedowns but he had no prayer against McGregor on the feet. Mendes had a lot of top control time and he landed several huge elbows and definitely scored points with the judges but he just couldn't handle McGregor's boxing. Mendes also looked uncharacteristically winded. Most likely the result of some early shots he ate. A lot of people will talk about the fact that Mendes accepted the fight on two-weeks notice, but that didn't seem to play a factor in the bout. It certainly wasn't a poor performance by Mendes, he was just beaten by the better man tonight.
Fantasy AnalysisWhen you combine McGregor's unorthodox style with the fact Mendes had a shortened training camp, he has his work cut out for him on Saturday. That being said, Mendes always keeps himself in great shape and that doesn't figure to be a factor in this bout. As a fighter, Mendes' skills have always been underrated. This is a guy who's only two professional losses have come against Jose Aldo. He certainly has the ability to pull the upset on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisIt had been announced several days ago that Mendes would be the replacement if Aldo was unable to go, but the UFC had been holding out hope that Aldo would be able to tolerate the pain and fight. They got the final answer on Tuesday. McGregor is a terrific fighter, but Mendes' wrestling is on another level and they're are many people who will be predicting a Mendes win in this fight. The only two losses of Mendes' professional career are against Aldo.
Fantasy AnalysisMendes is merely a contingency plan at this point, as the UFC fully anticipates Aldo fighting in the event. It was reported earlier in the week that Aldo suffered a broken rib during training, but scans Wednesday came back clean, revealing only a bone bruise. Mendes was defeated by Aldo the last time he was on a pay-per-view card at UFC 179, but with only two professional losses, he remains a formidable contender.