Chad Mendes may be fighting for the final time next Saturday at BKFC 41.
Mendes is set to serve in the co-main event of BKFC 41 against Eddie Alvarez in a highly-anticipated fight. It is Mendes’ second BKFC fight as in his debut he scored a TKO win over Joshuah Alvarez at KnuckleMania 2 in February of 2022. Although a win over Alvarez would be big for his career, Mendes thinks it could be his retirement fight.
Will Chad Mendes Definitely Retire?
“I don’t know. This honestly might be the last fight,” Mendes said in an interview with War Sports. “We’ll just kind of see how this one goes. But I mean, the plan in my mind is probably to hang them up after this. We’ve just gotta see how this fight goes, and we’ll go from there. I keep saying that, but money talks. I already told the wife this is likely to be the last one. If we go out there and get a quick knockout, I might toy with one more.”
Part of the reason why Chad Mendes may retire after BKFC 41 on April 29 is due to the fact he doesn’t care about winning the belt. He doesn’t see a need of fighting for the belt, and instead, just wanted fun fights and big paydays which his two scraps did for him in BKFC.
“Honestly that fight has zero interest for me,” Mendes said. “Unless they were gonna pay big bucks, I just don’t see bare-knuckle offering the type of money that I would require to fight again with a guy like that. Nothing against Luis, I think he’s a stud. I just don’t see him having the name for them to be able to pay what I would want to get paid. In all honesty, I really have zero desire to win a bare-knuckle belt. But yeah, I mean, if the organization was gonna pay me some big bucks, and it was worth it, then sure. But just to chase the belt? No, I don’t really have any desire.”
If BKFC 41 is his retirement fight, Chad Mendes would have fought twice in BKFC and went 18-5 in MMA while fighting for the UFC’s featherweight and interim featherweight titles.