Chad Mendes will have to sit and watch as the UFC’s featherweight division sorts itself out.
Mendes, a former title contender, was given a two-year suspension due to the use of a banned substance on Wednesday. The Team Alpha Male fighter can compete again in June 2018, according to a release by the USADA.
The USADA performed an out-of-competition test on Mendes (17-4) in May, which found the growth-hormone releasing peptide GHRP-17 in his system. The California native last fought in late 2016, losing to Frankie Edgar via knockout.
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.
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.
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’ 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.
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