Chad Mendes notified for potential violation of Anti-Doping Policy
<p>Chad Mendes may be in hot water after a potential drug-test failure.</p>
<p>The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Mendes of his possible violation of the Anti-Doping Policy on Friday after preliminary results came back from an out-of-competition sample collection. No other details of the possible drug-test failure were given. Mendes, who is currently #4 on the UFC’s official featherweight rankings, has been given a provisional suspension as his case is further investigated by USADA.</p>
<p>Mendes (17-4) was not preparing for an upcoming fight and does not have a matchup scheduled. The two-time featherweight title challenger is 3-1 in his past four bouts with his last bout being a first-round knockout loss to Frankie Edgar. Prior to that, Mendes faced Conor McGregor for the interim featherweight title but was knocked out in the second round.</p>
<p>The UFC released a statement on the issue that can be read below.</p>
<p>"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.<br />
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.”</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.