Chad Mendes Breaks Silence After USADA Violation: ‘I Didn’t Do My Homework’

By Staff Jun 19, 2016

Featherweight contender Chad Mendes has broken his silence after news of his recent violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

UFC issued a statement on June 10 acknowledging that Mendes had been notified of a potential violation of its anti-doping policy by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). While specifics have yet to be revealed, pending a “full and fair review process” by the organization, Mendes’ comments appear to indicate that he will contend that the violation was accidental in nature.

“I didn’t do my homework and that was a big mistake,” Mendes wrote in a Twitter post on Saturday, his first tweet since June 10. “I own it and I’m going to pay for it.”

Mendes did not have a bout scheduled at the time of the out-of-competition test.

The 31-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter has lost three of his last four fights and is currently mired in the first losing streak of his eight-year career. Mendes last saw action in December, when he was dealt a first-round knockout by Frankie Edgar at “The Ultimate Fighter 22” Finale.


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