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“Chad Paulo Costa Mendes” – UFC Fans Go Berserk at Former Conor McGregor Rival Chad Mendes’ Bulky Physique Ahead of His BKFC Debut

Published 02/04/2022, 9:59 AM EST

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The three-time UFC featherweight title challenger, Chad Mendes, looks buffed for his bare-knuckle boxing debut this month.

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‘Money’ had an amazing career in UFC. He competed against some of the biggest names, including Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo in UFC. However, he parted ways with the promotion after a knockout loss against the now champion Alexander Volkanovski in 2018.

The former UFC featherweight has been inactive for three years. However, last year ‘Money’ announced his move to a distinct form of MMA, i.e. Bare-knuckle boxing. Now the ex-UFC fighter will make his Bare-knuckle Fighting Championship debut on 19th February and is preparing vigorously for the fight.


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‘Money’ will take on Joshuah Alvarez a.k.a. “Famez” at KnuckleMania 2 event, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Recently, a Reddit user uploaded Mendes’s training video, where the former UFC title challenger looked jacked.

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Mendes is one of the best strikers in the sport. Also, during his time in the UFC, he obliterated most of his opponents in the first round. In the video, we can see him destroying the mitts during training.

Even after being inactive for years, ‘Money’ has maintained his physique. And the MMA fans were stunned by his impressive transformation for his BKFC debut.

MMA fans react to Chad Mendes jacked up physique

Chad Mendes, the 18-5 professional MMA record holder, surely entertained his fans during his time in one of the biggest MMA promotions in the world. And now, as he steps foot in a distinct form of MMA, fans are excited to see him back in action.

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After witnessing Mendes’s stunning transformation, one user suggested he might have a lot of testosterone running in his body. The user wrote, “He has a lot of blood in his testosterone system.”


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Another user compared the former UFC title challenger’s buffed body to a fire hydrant and wrote, “Dude is a fucking fire hydrant.

One user suggested having a priest at the ringside for Mendes’ opponent. As he might sleep in peace after getting hit by this vicious striker. The user wrote, “They need to make sure there is a priest on hand for whomever is fighting him in a bare-knuckle match.

Furthermore, a user compared ‘Money’ to the UFC middleweight fighter Paulo Costa and wrote, “Chad “Paulo Costa” Mendes.


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While others lauded the ex-UFC fighter, some refereeing to his 66″ reach suggested he should fight Artem Lobov at BKFC. The latter is also a former UFC fighter who transitioned to bare-knuckle fighting.


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The user wrote, “Lord Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov would give him a run for his money in the short arm department.”

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Afnan Chougle


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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.
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