Former Conor McGregor UFC Rival Chad Mendes Reacts After Scintillating BKFC Debut

Published 02/20/2022, 4:15 AM EST

Chad Mendes made a return to combat sports with a huge bang. The former UFC featherweight title contender made his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut against Joshuah Alvarez.

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This was the first time ‘Money’ returned to fighting since 2018. His last fight was against the current UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, which he lost via TKO. However, he looked right at home during his return and landed some sweet strikes on his opponent. He scored multiple knockdowns in the fight and won via TKO in the fourth round. After the fight, he talked about his debut.

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He said, “It was fun, was a long journey to get here tonight. I think we trained for almost a year for this one fight. Things just kept getting pushed back, and I didn’t want to step away and not be prepared just in case something came up last minute. So, we kept training, and all that hard work paid off tonight. So, it’s awesome to see. It feels good.”

During the interview, Mendes also talked about his future plans. He can either return to BKFC or even make a debut in some other organization. However, he wants to take a step back for now and go from there.

“I don’t know, I’m gonna unwind with my family for probably the next two weeks,” Mendes said. “It’s been like I said, a long journey to get to this point tonight and I’m just gonna unplug for a little bit. Step back and reevaluate and just see what things are like, how I feel. Probably talk to the wife a little bit and we’ll go from there.”

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Chad Mendes destroyed Joshuah Alvarez

Chad Mendes is an MMA veteran. He started his professional mixed martial arts career in 2008 and quickly rose through the ranks. He joined the UFC in 2011 and challenged for the featherweight title within a year. ‘Money’ was one of the top contenders in the division for a long time. However, by the end of his UFC run, he saw a massive dip in form. He went 1-3 in his last four fights and retired from the sport.

He now came back to combat sports at BKFC’s KnuckleMania 2. If his performance is anything to go by, it looked like he never left the sport. Mendes dominated Alvarez from the first round. He landed multiple knockdowns and caught him with great shots. The fight was stopped in the fourth round, marking an impressive debut win for Mendes.

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It will be interesting to see what the former UFC fighter does after this. It is for everyone to see that he is still in great shape and can put in a great performance.

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Where would you like to see him fight next? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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