Chad Mendes Retires After UFC 232 Loss
Two-time Featherweight title contender, Chad Mendes squared off against Australian bruiser Alexander Volkanovski in the main event opener of UFC 232’s pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sat., Dec. 29, 2018) from inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Chad Mendes came out aggressive in the opening frame, even dropped down Alexander Volkanovski couple times, but ultimately that fire fade away in the second round. Volkanovski who bounced back from a pair of knockouts and got the job done after submitting Mendes via second-round TKO.
Farah Hannoun confirmed the new vis social media:
I can confirm that Chad Mendes has indeed decided to retire. Pretty surprised to hear this. He’s still a top level fighter imo. All the best to Chad in his future endeavors. Aldo/Mendes 2 is one of my all time fave fights. He’s been part of some great moments in this sport. 👊🏻🙏🏻
Chad Mendes has hung up the gloves following #UFC232 I'm told that the plan tonight, win or lose, was to retire. Tough way for him to go out, but a hell of a career for Chad. Absolutely one of the best to never win a belt.
— 2on4 Sports (@2on4Sports) December 30, 2018
Mendes, 33, returned this summer after serving two years of USADA suspension to score a win over Myles Jury in the opening round. He only lost in his title fights against legends like Jose Aldo (twice), former two-division champion Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar.
After a win, Volkanovski is now (19-1) with 16 straight wins and 6-0 in the UFC. Mendes (18-5) has now dropped three of his past four.