Battery Charges Dropped Against UFC Fighter Chad Mendes

Written by Tom Ngo
October 22nd, 2012

UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes

On Monday, the Kings County district attorney formally dropped the battery charges against Chad Mendes (Pictured). The UFC featherweight, who was allegedly involved in 40-man bar brawl in Hartford, CA, did plead no contest to one count of public disturbance and paid an undisclosed fine before leaving the courthouse.

“I have said from the beginning that the outrageous allegations published by the media were either false or incredibly sensationalized,” Mendes expressed in a statement released by his management. “Today’s outcome proves it.”

In August, Mendes reportedly sucker punched a patron in the face and bolted out the back door. He was supposedly intoxicated and cursed at deputies when they attempted to break up the initial fight between two other partygoers.

The melee quickly grew to about 40 people and leaked out into the street. That’s when officers recognized Mendes.

Deputies proceeded to chase Mendes along the railroad tracks behind Lacey Inn Bar, but soon lost the fast-footed 145-pounder.

On a professional front, the 27-year-old was most recently seen posting a TKO victory over Cody McKenzie at UFC 148. “Money” is slated to battle Hacran Dias in December at “UFC on FX 6.”

Mendes owns an impressive 12-1 MMA record.

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