This Traeger Pro and MMA Champion fighter hails from Hanford, California where his professional career in the MMA circuit began. His many successes in high school earned him an athletic scholarship to Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. During his collegiate career, Chad was a two-time All-American and finalist in the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Tournament in 2008. Upon graduating, Chad received an invitation to join Team Alpha Male which is well-known as one of the best and most badass mixed martial arts teams in the world. His love for the sport quickly flourished and Chad became an unstoppable force in the MMA circuit. He was signed with the WEC (now UFC) and competed in three world title fights, including headlining five main events.
Since stepping out of the cage, Mendes decided to continue the pursuit of his lifelong passion for the outdoors. Chad founded a hunting guide service called Finz & Featherz that focuses on providing world-class hunting and fishing trips and creating awesome lifelong memories along the way. He’s been featured on several hunting television shows and serves as a brand ambassador for numerous outdoor sporting companies.
His passion for hunting, fishing, and harvesting the meat, led Chad to become a field-to-table or as we like to call it, a “field-to-Traeger” guy. Chad has become a serious master of wild-game smokin’ on his Timberline 850 and can now add wood-fired pro to his long list of accolades. Chad continues to bring people together outdoors to share his passion for the hunt, show the importance of natural harvest, and crank out ridiculously awesome food time and time again. We won’t fight that.