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Chad Mendes, the UFC featherweight contender who was knocked out by Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar in his past two fights, is in hot water over a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation.

The UFC issued a statement Friday afternoon:

"The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.
"USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Mendes is the No. 3-ranked UFC featherweight. He was an All-American college wrestler from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has a 17-4 MMA record.

Mendes received national attention when he stepped in for an injured Jose Aldo to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189, losing by second-round knockout.

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