Chad Mendes is the prominent name when it comes to talking about mixed martial arts. He is a retired MMA fighter who contested in the Ultimate Fighting Championship under the Featherweight category. Born and grew up in California, Chad is famous for having the ultimate wrestling talent. The superfast lad is also known by nickname ‘Money’. He holds the American nationality and weighs 66 kg (145 lbs.). Mendes was an avid lover of wresting from an early childhood. He used to fight with friends in a friendly way. He always longed for a big platform to show his spectacular wrestling abilities.
In 2008, he made an amazing wrestling debut with NCAA and fought in his first-ever NCAA championship. He was ranked the 2nd after defeating his rivals. Training sessions of the fighter were accompanied by Team Alpha Male. Later on, he started fighting in the World Extreme Cage and earned a lot of prestige from fans. In Feb 2011, he fought a UFC match against the opponent Michihiro Omigawa and earned the title as a winner. He has enjoyed a prosperous fighting career and named himself a lot of memorable triumphs.
Chad has an amazing mixed martial arts record. He appeared in 23 matches and won 18. Eight matches were won by knockout, two by submission, and the remaining eight by decision. The globally-renowned player lost five matches throughout his career. He lost four matches by knockout and only one by submission. Chad attended the California Polytechnic University and Hanford High School. He started his official MMA career in 2008 and retired from professional fights in 2018. He is one of the best fighters in the Featherweight category. Today, Mendes has become an iconic personality in the United States.
Who are Chad Mendes’s Parents?
Mendes was born on May 1, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. He opened eyes in a middle-class family. The lucky boy has very loving parents. His father, in particular, played a very significant role in what he has become today. In many of his interviews, he declared his father as a role model and a source of inspiration. Whenever Chad felt down, his father motivated him and showed a light of hope. Chad was raised in Central California. He used to be a very tough guy, always ready to take on the challenges of life. He also went hunting alongside his father and learned the true value of patience.
He was just 5-year of age when started taking deep interest in wrestling. He wrestled for the college team while studying at California Polytechnic University. He led his college team to earn many prominent titles in inter-college tournaments. He also studied at the Hanford High School.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
On Mar 6, 2010, Chad made his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) debut against Erik Jon Koch at WEC 47. After an exciting fight, he was declared winner through a unanimous decision. He received a scar just above his right eye, but still continued to win the competition. On Apr 24, 2010, at WEC 48, Chad came in front of Anthony Morrison. He fought with a daring spirit and won through the first-round submission. On Aug 18, 2010, Mendes competed with Cub Swanson at the WEC 50. Again he won the heated fight through a unanimous decision. On Nov 11, 2010, the American champ came in front of Javier Vazquez at the WEC 52. They encountered a heated fight, but Chad was declared winner after a unanimous decision.
The World Extreme Cagefighting amalgamated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Oct 28, 2010. Due to this amalgamation, all WEC fighters were moved to the UFC. On Feb 5, 2011, Mendes fought his UFC debut match against the black belt champion Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 126. Chad was declared as a winner after a unanimous decision. On Jan 14, 2012, Mendes came in front of Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion) at the UFC 142. This battle turned out to be the 1st professional loss for the spirited Mendes. On Jul 7, 2012, Chad faced Cody Steven McKenzie at UFC 148. After losing from Jose Aldo, he defeated Cody through first-round TKO. Chad fought numerous other fights and won many prominent titles throughout his professional MMA career.
The sturdy fighter belongs to Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Native American, and Puerto Rican ancestry. During his professional career, he fell in love with the well-known volleyball player Abby Rains. Both of them kept dating each other for some time. Eventually, the tied a wedding knot to live a happy married life. After the marriage, Abby mothered a daughter in 2019. She has been named Tallulah by her parents. The couple is enjoying a happy life together and focusing on the nice upbringing of their beloved daughter. We have not heard about any conflicts as yet. Chad is a good guy and he seldom complaints about negative stuff. Critics are expecting them to stay together for a long-term relationship.
Mendes founded the fishing and hunting guide service named ‘Finz & Featherz’. The mixed martial arts fighter is one of the most stubborn personalities when it comes to talking about the American wrestling. He enjoyed a successful professional career and earned a nice reputation. According to the recently collected figures, he owns a total net worth of $1.5 Million. His wife, Abby, also owns a hefty amount of money. The couple is enjoying a lavish lifestyle together in Hanford, California.