The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has flagged yet another star of the sport for an alleged out-of-competition doping violation.
Current No. 4-ranked featherweight Chad Mendes has reportedly been flagged after an out-of-competition drug test made by USADA, however, the substance Mendes tested positive for has not yet been released.
The UFC made this official statement announcing Mendes’ violation:
“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) is a two time 145-pound title challenger, who’s most recent Octagon appearance ended with a first round knockout at the hands of the No. 2-ranked Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale (TUF 22 Finale).
‘Money’ has been out-of-competition since having been knocked out two times in a row, first by current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor in July of last year, and then by Edgar just five months later.
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