Mendes: What I pulled from my 2-year suspension
Chad Mendes has not fought since December 11, 2015, a loss to Frankie Edgar on the TUF 22 Finale. At the time he was the #3 featherweight in the world, and was under consideration for entering the P4P having fought for titles three times.
Then he failed a USADA out-of-competition urine screening, for GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide). The fighter identified the source of the failure as a skin cream he used to treat psoriasis. USADA was not impressed and suspended him for two years. Older and wiser, Mendes fights Myles Jury at UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday.
"If I could pull anything from this, is just really pay attention to what I’m putting on my body, putting in my body,” said Mendes recently on UFC Tonight, as transcribed by Tristen Critchfield for Sherdog. “It’s tough. As fighters, I’ve done it a lot, just take a supplement without reading everything on the back. I know it’s whey protein, or whatever it is and I just assume, ‘OK there’s not going to be anything illegal in this.’ But that’s not always the case. Sometimes there’s stuff that companies put in supplements that shouldn’t be in there as well. That’s just another situation that we have to deal with. All in all, I’ve just got to really pay attention to what I’m using.”
“This time off has been good for me both mentally and physically, just being able to let my body heal up, my head heal up. Those last two fights with Conor and getting caught by Frankie — both rung my bell and I just wanted to take a little time away too. The time off has been great. I have that drive, that motivation back.”
Mendes vs. Jury will the second fight on the FOX Sports 1 televised main card.