Two-time UFC featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes took to Twitter on Saturday to finally address the revelation that USADA recently flagged him for a potential out-of-competition anti-doping violation.
Though the available details of Mendes’ apparent transgression are scant, and will remain so until a more appropriate stage in the adjudication process, the fighter’s tweet strongly suggested that the problem arose from an oversight on his behalf.
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 is currently on a two-fight losing-streak, and has lost three of his last four bouts. However, the quality of opposition he has faced in recent times has been of the highest level.
His October 2014 decision loss to then featherweight champion Jose Aldo was followed by a rehabilitating first-round stoppage of Ricardo Lamas, but thereafter he was finished in consecutive fights by Conor McGregor and, most recently, Frankie Edgar.
Mendes has not competed since that defeat to Edgar in December of last year.
According to the USADA database, Mendes has been tested seven times since the agency took charge of the UFC’s anti-doping program last year. He was tested three times in 2015, and four so far this year.