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UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes flagged by USADA

Chad Mendes

Photo: Sherdog

Team Alpha Male has had some ups & downs in the last few weeks with Urijah Faber's latest failed attempt at a UFC title shot and Cody Garbrandt's emergence as a contender providing the rollercoaster effect.

Friday night, that coaster took a dip as the UFC announced that featherweight contender Chad Mendes may have violated USADA's anti-doping policies:

"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. 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 31-year-old Mendes (17-4) has been on the shelf since getting knocked out cold by Frankie Edgar back in December 2015, his second straight loss by T/KO (Conor McGregor). A two-time challenger for the UFC's featherweight crown, he's been out of the spotlight since that last defeat as he's lost two of his last three.

Mendes is a former second place finisher in the NCAA championships in wrestling.