Another day, another drug test flagged for a violation. This time, Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes. Mendes has been flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation” stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
The UFC’s statement can be read below.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Mendes (17-4) has twice fought for the UFC featherweight title, losing to former longtime champion Jose Aldo via first-round knockout in 2012, then falling short via decision in a highly competitive rematch in 2014.
Mendes has lost three of his last four fights, a title fight loss to Jose Aldo was followed by a interim title fight loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 189. In his most recent bout, Mendes was knocked out in the first round by Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale.