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Chad Mendes handed two-year suspension by USADA

UFC featherweight Chad Mendes (17-4-0) is now on the outside looking in.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued and announced the ban after Mendes tested positive for GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide), a growth hormone related drug.

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GHRP-6 is banned both in and out of competition by the World Anti=Doping Agency (WADA), to whose regulations USADA adheres to.

Mendes was notified June 10th of a potential anti-doping violation. He has not officially responded to the suspension.

As always, Mendes will be able to defend himself at a hearing. As of now, Mendes is suspended until June 11th, 2018.

His last fight was a TKO loss to Frankie Edgar at the TUF 22 Finale.

Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones have been notified of potential violations and are waiting to hear their fates from USADA.

The process continues.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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