Former UFC featherweight top contender Chad Mendes (pictured) was flagged Friday for potentially violating an out-of-competition drug test administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent third-party company the UFC hired last July to drug test their entire roster throughout the year.
“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,” the UFC expressed in an official statement. “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.”
The USADA did not disclose what banned substance was discovered in Mendes’ system.
The UFC partnered with the USADA to conduct year-round, in- (six hours before and after fights) and out-of-competition drug testing on all UFC fighters. The screenings included urine and blood.
Under the UFC’s new policy, first-time offenders for performance-enhancing drug will receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance.” The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Marijuana and other recreational drugs will only be tested in-competition. These failed screenings will result in a one-year suspension, two years for aggravating circumstance. The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Mendes, 31, has dropped three of his past four fights, including two straight. The 31-year-old was most recently seen getting knocked out by Frankie Edgar in December.