UFC 232 Adds Bout Between Chad Mendes and Alex Volkanovski
The last UFC event of 2018 has picked up a nice matchup that will likely be on the main card. According to Mike Bohn, Chad Mendes (18-4) will meet Alexander Volkanovski (18-1), pitting two fighters who have a lot to gain against each other. It’s a classic fight between a former contender and a rising fighter who many will pick to take down the more experienced veteran, who has fought for the belt multiple times in the past.
Mendes last fought in July when he won a Performance of the Night bonus following his TKO against Miles Jury. The fight marked his return from a long absence that had seen him not fight since December, 2015, after gaining a second straight loss when he was knocked out by Frankie Edgar. Despite the long break and only fighting once in 2018, however, Mendes has retained a high spot in the UFC rankings and is currently the fifth ranked featherweight.
Volkanovski, on the other hand, is on the brink of reaching the top ten. His great record makes it seem like he might be higher ranked, but he only sits at number eleven in the division rankings after taking five wins from his first five fights in the UFC. A win against Mendes would do wonders for Volkanovski’s career, giving him a victory against another more experienced UFC veteran after defeating Darren Elkins last time out in a fight where many favored the durable Elkins.
If there’s one advantage for Mendes, however, it’s that he’s been in the UFC since 2011. That’s a big contrast with Volkanovski, who is only three years younger but has still only been in the promotion since 2016. Many of Volkanovski’s wins came in smaller promotions in his home country, Australia.
The fight will happen at UFC 232, an event headlined by the return of Jon Jones and, more specifically, a rematch between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. It will also feature a women’s featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, as well as Carlos Condit’s second fight of the year and another return for B.J. Penn.
It certainly adds depth to the card, which will take place on December 29th, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.