Battery Charge Dropped for Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes, UFC featherweight was charged with battery in a California court. However, it was dismissed Monday when Mendes pleaded no-contest to a lesser charge. The fighter’s camp recently announced the news of his latest developments.

To remember, Chad Mendes was formally charged on August 24 for his alleged involvement in a bar fight in Hanford, California in July 29. The UFC fighter was faced a $2,000 fine and a sentence of up to 6 months in county jail if he faced conviction for the said crime.

Mendes however turned everything around when he plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of fighting in a public place. According to a report from the local Hanford Sentinel, the fighter was placed on formal probation and was only fined $560 after his plea. The Hanford Sentinel was the first to report Mendes’ arrest. Reports mentioned that on the day of the incident, July 29, Mendes was seen punching another person at the Lacey Inn Bar and then he was also seen fleeing from the scene.

When he was interviewed regarding the incident, Mendes mentions in the interview: “I have said from the beginning that the ridiculous allegations published by the media were either false or incredibly sensationalized.” Mendes further adds: “[Monday’s] outcome proves it.”

Chad “Money” Mendes is a 27 year old fighter from Hanford, California, USA. He holds 12 wins and only one loss in his career. His latest win was against Cody McKenzie at UFC 148 – Silva versus Sonnen 2 in July 2012 via knockout in just 31 seconds of round 1. Before this winning fight, he lost to Jose Aldo at UFC 142 in a headline fight in Jan 2012. Before his loss to Aldo, he had 11 consecutive wins since he first fought professional MMA. He has defeated so many great fighters like Cub Swanson, Javier Vazquez, Rani Yahya, Anthony Morrison, Erik Kock, Mike Joy and Leland Gridley to name a few. He has been one of the best fighters that are sure to be crowd-drawers in any event. This hurdle in Mendes’ career is seen as an advantage somehow since he is scheduled to fight at the UFC on FX 6 in December.

UFC on FX 6 will be at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chad “Money” Mendes will fight Hacran Dias who has a superb 21 win, 1 loss and 1 draw record. UFC on FX 6 will be on December 14, 2012.

It’s Evans versus Nogueira in February

UFC has a perfect Super Bowl weekend offering for MMA fans. It’s going to be a light heavyweight fight between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira which will be held on February 2, 2013.

The news of the matchup was first released by the Brazilian outlet Globo; it has been mentioned that verbal agreements were possibly set to plan for the much awaited bout however UFC has not yet released official comments yet regarding the contest as well as the event. This fight will surely be the most recent iteration of the promotion’s much awaited traditional show which is held every eve of NFL Super Bowl.

Rashad “Suga” Evans is a 33 year old fighter from Niagara Falls, New York, USA. He currently has an impressive report card of 17 wins, 2 losses and only one draw. His latest fight was a loss via unanimous decision against Jon Jones at the latest UFC 145 – “Jones versus Evans” in April 2012. Before he lost to Jones, Evans had 4 consecutive wins against superb fighters like Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson and Thiago Silva. He also lost against Lyoto Machida in May 2009 at UFC 98 via knock out.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira or the “Minotoro” is a 36 year old fighter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This fighter has 20 wins and only 5 losses in his professional MMA career. His last win was against Tito Ortiz at the UFC 140 “Jones versus Machida” in December 2011 via technical knockout in just three minutes and 15 seconds of round 1. Before his win over Ortiz, Minotoro suffered a back to back loss from Ryan Bader and Phil Davis respectively> Over the course of his professional career, he has fought and was victorious over great fighters like Jason Brilz, Luiz Cane, Dion Starling, Vladimir Matyushenko and Todd Gouwenberg to name a few.

The fight between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be a fight to remember especially when it will be shown eve of NFL Super Bowl. UFC and MMA fans will surely be waiting for official UFC announcements regarding the said fight. For now, the two fighters will surely be undergoing more training and heavy practice so they will be able to come up with a fight worthy enough for fans to watch this year. Announcements will surely be released once we enter the New Year.

Chael Sonnen’s Pressure is His Greatest Strength

Season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter” will be twice as exciting and twice the muscle as Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones coach opposite each other on the reality television show. The two great fighters will soon meet each other at the Octagon on April 27, 2013.

Jon Jones’ coach Mike Winkeljohn was partially involved in the decision to turn down Jones’ fight against Sonnen when UFC President Dana White scheduled a short notice fight. Jones was supposed to fight Dan Henderson but the later withdrew the fight because of an injury.

Winkeljohn was recently interviewed at the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” Show where the coach discussed the matchup, answered questions about Jones’ training and why they did not considered the fight in September.

Winkeljohn remarked when he was asked about their decision to turn down the fight against Sonnen: “I guess looking back at it; we didn’t know the whole card was getting cancelled. If we should have known the whole card would get cancelled, that might have changed the decision. I honestly thought Jon will beat Chael no matter what, but it was one of those decisions that, at the moment, fight him now and its 85, 90 percent. I’m that confident.” Winkeljohn added: “We hadn’t been working on that kind of guy, that kind of aggressive wrestler with a hard left hand. We had been working on Dan Henderson, who’s totally different. He throws a big overhand right. He’s great inside the clinch with his Greco. He’s kind of a different fighter, so it just didn’t make sense.”

When asked how their team finally made the decision to withdraw: “Things would have changed if we had more information, and I think Greg (Jackson) made his right decision, that he thought it was best just to wait… we all sat down and within 20 minutes we had that decision made.”

When asked about Jones’ training: “it’s time to develop new tools and that’s what Jon has done since he has come to camp. I’m real blessed that this young man listens. He went from being mostly a wrestler to now he’s turning over to become a great striker in the division. He’s almost there. He’s almost at that Anderson Silva place where he’s going to start getting those one-punch, one-kick knockouts.” The beaming coach even added: “Just wait. You haven’t seen anything yet.”

On Sonnen: “He’s relentless. Pressure. He’s always going to be on you… that pressure he comes to the table with.”