On June 10th, the two-year suspension of former featherweight title contender Chad Mendes will officially lapse. But with still more than a month away, he is already looking at potential opponents for his return.
One name that stood out for the Team Alpha Male fighter is Frankie Edgar, who knocked him out in the first round of their TUF 22 Finale fight in December 2015. For Mendes, it is a fight that he feels is more than winnable.
“I honestly would like to get that Frankie fight back,” Mendes said on Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour (transcript via MMA Mania). “Frankie is a tough little guy and a guy I know I can beat. That fight would be great. I honestly feel that any of the guys in the top 10 I match up with great.”
Mendes was forced to the sidelines after testing positive for GHRP-6, a growth hormone peptide which was collected during an out-of-competition test collected by USADA in May 2016. He later stated that the substance was present in the skin cream he was using to treat the plaque psoriasis which he claims he has been suffering from his entire life.
But instead of pointing fingers, Mendes chose to take the blame for not doing enough research on the product he was using.
“My dad raised me that way. If you f—k up, you got to pay the price,” Mendes said. “You have to do your homework, you have to do your due diligence and make sure that what you are doing in life are the right things.
“I messed up, I used a product, I wasn’t paying attention and it never really crossed my mind. That’s my mistake, that was my fault and I had to pay the price.”
Through his suspension, Mendes competed in Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 3 in January 2017, where he defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Jeff Glover via rear-naked choke during the sudden victory round.
Mendes’ interview begins at the 2:32:48 mark of the video above.