Longtime UFC Featherweight contender Chad “Money” Mendes has decided to hang up the six ounce gloves.
Tuesday night, Mendes made a statement to ESPN explaining how he came to make his decision:
“I wanted to step away for a little bit and let everything settle, just make sure my feelings didn’t change. And they haven’t. It’s just that time for me. I have no regrets. I had an amazing time.”
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I just want to say THANK YOU to all my fans and everyone that tuned in to watch me battle! With 29 years of competing and 11 year in the Mma game, I feel it’s time for the next chapter in my life! It’s been an incredible journey with so many life lesson along the way. I feel extremely blessed to be living this life I live and can’t wait to see what the next chapter has in store for me! I will continue to hustle like I always have. I will continue to grow @finzandfeatherzguides and enjoy all the new adventures that come with it! I am truly grateful for all the love and support you all have shown. Thank you and let’s keep wrecking this place!!!! 💪🏽💪🏽🙏🏼 #retired #livingthedream #thankful #thankyou #fightgame #fighter #fights
Mendes would also post to social media shortly after the announcement, thanking the mixed martial arts fandom for their support over the course of his 11-year career.
Mendes leaves the sport with an 18-5 record overall with a 9-5 record inside the UFC octagon. Of his 18 career victories, eight have come by way of knockout and two by way of submission.
Mendes would challenge three separate times for the UFC Featherweight championship. Twice against Jose Aldo, both at UFC 142 and UFC 179, and once against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. Mendes worked alongside UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento for most of his career while racking up a string of wins over names such as Cub Swanson, Darren Elkins, Clay Guida, Nik Lentz and Ricardo Lamas.