Longtime UFC veteran and three time UFC Featherweight Title challenger Chad Mendes has announced his retirement as a professional MMA fighter.
The now retired Mendes first informed ESPN of his decision to hang up the gloves, bit would also post the following statement on Instagram:
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 earned a professional MMA record of 18-5-0 before retiring, picking up notable wins over Steven Siler, Erik Koch, Cub Swanson, Rani Yahya, Darren Elkins, Clay Guida, Nik Lentz, Ricardo Lamas and Myles Jury. Mendes last competed at UFC 232, where he suffered a second round TKO loss to Alexander Volkanovski.