Shortly after his UFC 148 win, it came to light that Featherweight Chad Mendes was wanted for questioning regarding a bar fight in his home town. Mendes' management responded quickly and maintained his innocence even after official charges were filed in late August. He had his arraignment hearing in September. He announced today that the battery charge had been dropped and he plead no contest to one count of public disturbance.
Mendes addressed the situation via press release:
I have said from the beginning that the ridiculous allegations published by the media were either false or incredibly sensationalized. Today’s outcome proves it.
Undoubtedly, good news for Mendes as he faced up to 6 months in county jail and a $2000 fine had he been convicted of the battery charge. He did confirm that he paid a fine before leaving the courthouse.
At UFC 148, Mendes picked up his first win since losing his title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 142. He's now set to face Hacran Dias at UFC On FX 6 in Australia. The event marks the finale of the second international season of The Ultimate Fighter - TUF: Smashes. It will be headlined by Lightweight coaches George Sotiropolous and Ross Pearson.