Highly touted featherweight prospect Chad Mendes will make his World Extreme Cagefighting debut in a preliminary bout with Erik Koch at WEC 47 â€œBowles vs. Cruzâ€ on March 6 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Nine matches are now official for the late winter event.
Based at former WEC featherweight king Urijah Faberâ€™s Team Alpha Male, Mendes remains unbeaten through five fights as a professional. The 24-year-old Hanford, Calif., native last appeared in October, when he defeated Sportfight veteran Mike Joy by unanimous decision at a Tachi Palace Fights show. A decorated collegiate wrestler, Mendes was a two-time All-American at California Polytechnic State University and finished as the national runner-up in 2008.