Like a few of his teammates, Mendes could see a title-fight come his way before the midway point of 2014. He’s scored four consecutive KO victories with an exceptional outing against Clay Guida in his most recent rumble. While “Money” came up short against featherweight king Jose Aldo in their 2012 tilt, it’s hard to imagine another first-frame finish given Mendes’ current momentum.
There are lots of MMA gyms out there but there’s only one Team Alpha Male. Known for producing fighters from smaller weight-classes, the California crew boasts an elite group of competitors including more than one UFC title-contender. Members like T.J. Dillashaw, Chad Mendes, and Joseph Benavidez are more like a family than simply training partners thanks to the leadership of Urijah Faber, and the future is looking brighter than ever thanks to the inclusion of seasoned striker Duane Ludwig on the coaching front. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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