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Chad Mendes determined to avoid gatekeeper label at UFC 232

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Chad Mendes knows what everyone is thinking.

A long layoff. Back-to-back bookings against lesser known opponents. His 10th anniversary as a pro fighter having just passed.

If Mendes’s next fight is any indication, he’s not being pushed to compete for a UFC title, something the 33-year-old has had the opportunity to do on three occasions. And it’s entirely possible Mendes is actually being used to prop up the résumé of Alexander Volkanovski, his opponent Saturday at UFC 232 in Inglewood, Calif., a featherweight prospect who has won all five of his fights inside the Octagon so far.

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