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Chad Mendes

31-Year-Old     UFC     Featherweight     17-4-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Suspension    EST. RETURN:  June 2018
Birthdate:  May 1, 1985     Height:   5'6    

July 20, 2016    Chad Mendes News

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Mendes has been suspended two years for testing positive for a growth hormone, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.

Mendes' positive test on came back with GHRP-6, a growth hormone that releases hexapeptide. The suspension is backdated to June 10, when the official notification of the possible positive test came out. Mendes, who has a 1-3 mark over his past four fights, will be 33 years old when he returns from the suspension. The wrestling specialist has already lost to the elite in the featherweight division (Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar), so there would need to be a serious shakeup at the top of the weight class if Mendes intends to compete for a UFC strap at any point down the road.

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Mendes has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

No official punishment has been handed down just yet, but Mendes reportedly failed an out of competition drug test, which will more than likely lead to disciplinary action. If the 31-year-old featherweight's sample does in fact contain a banned substance, he may be subject to a suspension and fine under the newly-established agreement between the UFC and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Mendes currently does not have an upcoming fight scheduled, so at the very least, a looming suspension would not hurt any of the promotion's future events.
Mendes lost to Frankie Edgar via KO (punch) at 2:28 of Round 1 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

One monster shot can end any fight and unfortunately it happened to Mendes in this one. Chad actually looked good early, landing a couple huge kicks to the legs of Edgar. Yet one left hook later and that was all she wrote. Mendes is 1-3 in his last four fights, but you can't knock a guy who has losses against Edgar, Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. Chad is in an awkward spot - he is easily one of the three or four best featherweights in the world, but he has come up short every single time he has fought a guy ranked above him and he has young fighters like Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira nipping at his heels. Mendes has the natural athletic ability to compete with any fighter in the world, but constantly coming up short in big fights is a bad look.
Mendes (+145) is the underdog for his featherweight main event fight against Frankie Edgar that will take place Friday at the Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming off a TKO loss at the hands of Conor McGregor in July, Mendes has a tall task in front of him if he hopes to avoid the first two-fight losing streak of his career. Always one of the best fighters in the 145-pound division, Mendes has had three chances to win the UFC featherweight title and has come up short each time. With McGregor, Jose Aldo and potentially Edgar ahead of him on the depth chart, this pretty much becomes a must win for Mendes if he hopes of receiving another title shot anytime in the semi-near future.
Mendes will face Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on December 11 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports..

Fantasy Analysis

Mendes broke his thumb in his loss to Conor McGregor in July, but he will be ready to roll by December. He will have a full training camp for this fight after taking the McGregor fight on short notice. It should be an absolutely terrific bout. Even though Mendes technically lost a "title fight" to McGregor, it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could get the winner of the McGregor v. Jose Aldo unification bout if he can get past Edgar. It won't be an easy task.
Mendes broke his right thumb early in the first round of his loss to Conor McGregor on Saturday at UFC 189, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The injury was discovered when Mendes visited a doctor on Monday. He is expected to find out later this week if the injury will require surgery or not. We will post an update when more information is released.
Mendes lost to Conor McGregor via TKO at 4:57 of Round 2 in Saturday's UFC interim featherweight title fight at UFC 189 in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

The fight went as many expected. Mendes was able to get a bunch of takedowns but he had no prayer against McGregor on the feet. Mendes had a lot of top control time and he landed several huge elbows and definitely scored points with the judges but he just couldn't handle McGregor's boxing. Mendes also looked uncharacteristically winded. Most likely the result of some early shots he ate. A lot of people will talk about the fact that Mendes accepted the fight on two-weeks notice, but that didn't seem to play a factor in the bout. It certainly wasn't a poor performance by Mendes, he was just beaten by the better man tonight.
Mendes will be the underdog for Saturday's UFC interim featherweight title bout against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

When you combine McGregor's unorthodox style with the fact Mendes had a shortened training camp, he has his work cut out for him on Saturday. That being said, Mendes always keeps himself in great shape and that doesn't figure to be a factor in this bout. As a fighter, Mendes' skills have always been underrated. This is a guy who's only two professional losses have come against Jose Aldo. He certainly has the ability to pull the upset on Saturday.
UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN's SportsCenter on Tuesday that Chad Mendes will replace the injured Jose Aldo (ribs) and will face Conor McGregor for the interim UFC featherweight championship at UFC 189 on July 11 in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

It had been announced several days ago that Mendes would be the replacement if Aldo was unable to go, but the UFC had been holding out hope that Aldo would be able to tolerate the pain and fight. They got the final answer on Tuesday. McGregor is a terrific fighter, but Mendes' wrestling is on another level and they're are many people who will be predicting a Mendes win in this fight. The only two losses of Mendes' professional career are against Aldo.
If Jose Aldo (ribs) is unable to fight in his scheduled bout at UFC 189, Mendes will take on Conor McGregor for the UFC interim featherweight title.

Fantasy Analysis

Mendes is merely a contingency plan at this point, as the UFC fully anticipates Aldo fighting in the event. It was reported earlier in the week that Aldo suffered a broken rib during training, but scans Wednesday came back clean, revealing only a bone bruise. Mendes was defeated by Aldo the last time he was on a pay-per-view card at UFC 179, but with only two professional losses, he remains a formidable contender.