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.
The process continues.