Three-time UFC title contender Chad Mendes has been hit with a two-year suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.
According to the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA), Mendes tested positive for GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide), which is listed as a Non-Specified Substance on the WADA Prohibited list, following an out-of-competition urine test on May 17.
The UFC’s Anti-Doping policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List, states that any violation involving a Non-Specified Substance warrants a two-year suspension for first-time offenders.
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’ ban will be backdated to June 10 of this year, the day he received a provisional suspension.
The 31-year-old hasn’t fought since he was knocked out by Frankie Edgar in December 2015, so he won’t have to forfeit any wins or compensation, but he will lose his standing in the featherweight rankings.