Chad Mendes cleared for return to the ring later this year

Fans of UFC featherweight Chad Mendes can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as it appears the Team Alpha Male athlete’s health is in fact much better than was originally suspected after the conclusion of UFC 133 this past weekend. Mendes injured his hand early in the second stanza of his bout with Rani Yahya, commenting that he heard it “pop” after the fight and even prompting UFC President Dana White to express his belief Mendes had broken the paw while talking to media at the post-even press conference.

However, according to Mendes’ Twitter, what was thought to be a broken hand will in actuality only keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

“Nothin is broken but I do have torn/sprained ligaments in my hand and ankle. Still great news though! Should be fine in a few weeks,” the undefeated 145er exclaimed!

Had things been as bad as believed on Saturday night it would have put an unfortunate stamp on an otherwise gutsy performance given Mendes’ decision to take the fight with Yahya as a means of staying active rather than wait for his title-shot against then-injured Jose Aldo.

The 26-year old will now look forward to an eventual date with the winner of Aldo’s upcoming championship defense against Ken Florian at UFC 136 in October. Mendes is now 6-0 as a Zuffa employee including success against Yahya, Eric Koch, Javier Vazquez, and Michihiro Omigawa.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

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