After a disappointing outcome, the Team Alpha Male fighter (18-5, with 10 wins by stoppage) apparently decided to end his professional mixed martial arts run.
The news was reported by journalist Farah Hannoun via Twitter:
"I can confirm that Chad Mendes has indeed decided to retire. Pretty surprised to hear this. He’s still a top level fighter imo. All the best to Chad in his future endeavors. Aldo/Mendes 2 is one of my all time fave fights. He’s been part of some great moments in this sport."
A 10 year MMA veteran made his UFC debut in 2011. After just two fights with the company, he was granted his first title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 142 in early 2012, where he lost via first-round TKO.
He was able to work his way up the ladder with five consecutive wins, before being granted another shot at Jose Aldo at UFC 179 in 2014. He was able to put on a much better performance this time around, but fell short in the judge’s scorecards earning a unanimous decision loss. (fight of the year candidate)
Mendes got his third title shot against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 in July 2015. After showing some promise for the first round and a half, he eventually lost steam and ended up being stopped late in the second round via TKO.
Currently situated at the #5 spot in the official rankings, the 33-year-old Mendes last fought in July, where he defeated Myles Jury via first round TKO after a two and a half-year layoff.