Tuesday 6 December 2016

One of Conor McGregor's biggest rivals in trouble for 'potential anti-doping violation'

Published 11/06/2016 | 11:27

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: (L-R) Conor McGregor kicks Chad Mendes during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: (L-R) Conor McGregor kicks Chad Mendes during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

One of Conor McGregor's conquered opponents has been informed of a possible anti-doping violation by USADA.

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Chad Mendes, who was knocked out by McGregor last summer at UFC 189, was the fighter identified by the anti-doping organisation.

The issue stems from a sample collected in an out-of-competition test. The UFC confirmed the potential violation in a 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.”

McGregor and Mendes had long engaged in a war of words when the American stepped in at short notice to fight the Dubliner after UFC Feathweight Champion Jose Aldo was forced to pull out of UFC 189 through injury.

Although the smaller Mendes initially troubled McGregor on the ground, the Notorious recovered to knock his opponent out in round two.

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