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Chad Mendes flagged for potential USADA violation

UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes has been flagged for a potential USADA violation.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Mendes vs Lamas Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a potential violation in an out-of-competition drug test, according to a UFC statement released Friday evening.

The substance discovered in Mendes’ system was not confirmed by the organization.

Here’s the full statement:

"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 (17-4) has been out-of-action since a first-round knockout loss to top contender Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale this past December. Prior to that, he dropped a finish loss to current champion Conor McGregor in an interim title fight. “Money” is 1-3 in his last four outings, with only one win -- a knockout over Ricardo Lamas -- since late 2013.

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