Chad “Money” Mendes (pictured) won’t be making any money inside the cage for two years after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) banned the UFC featherweight two years after testing positive for GHRP-6, a banned substance that helps the body increase growth hormone production.
“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,” the USADA expressed in Wednesday’s statement.
“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.”
Mendes’ ban expires two years after June 10, 2016, the date his out-of-competition sample was collected.
It is unknown if Mendes accepted the penalty or if he intends to fight it. Mendes, who is very active on Twitter, has only mentioned his flunked exam once on the social media network since news broke.
I didn't do my homework and that was a big mistake. I own it and I'm going to pay for it.
— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 18, 2016
Mendes 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.