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USADA suspends Chad Mendes for two years

<p>USADA has given Chad Mendes <a href="http://ufc.usada.org/chad-mendes-receives-sanction/">a two-year suspension.</a></p> <p>On June 13, Mendes was flagged for a possible violation of the UFC&rsquo;s Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide) in an out-of-competition drug test administered on May&nbsp;17. As a result, Mendes received a provisional suspension but after further investigation, USADA suspended him for two-years starting on June 10. The 31-year old will be able to compete again on June 10, 2018.</p> <p>The previously #4 ranked featherweight contender is coming off of a knockout loss to Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale last year in December. Prior to that, Mendes lost an interim title fight to current champion Conor McGregor at UFC 189. The two-time title challenger&rsquo;s most successful run in the UFC was a five-fight win streak following his 2012 loss to Jose Aldo in which he knocked out all but one of his opponents.</p> <p>USADA&rsquo;s complete statement on the issue can be read below.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>USADA announced today that UFC athlete Chad Mendes, of Sacramento, Calif., has received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after testing positive for a prohibited substance.</em></p> <p><em>Mendes, 31, tested positive for GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide) following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on May 17, 2016. GHRP-6 is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.</em></p> <p><em>Growth Hormone-Releasing Peptides are listed as Non-Specified Substances on the WADA Prohibited List. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the standard sanction for an anti-doping policy violation involving a Non-Specified Substance is a two-year period of ineligibility.</em></p> <p><em>Mendes&rsquo; two-year period of ineligibility began on June 10, 2016, the date on which he received a provisional suspension. In addition, Mendes has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 17, 2016, the date of sample collection, including forfeiture of any title, ranking, purse or other compensation.</em></p> <p><em>USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at UFC.USADA.org.</em></p> </blockquote>


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.


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