Tuesday, 23 October 2012

UFC's Chad Mendes has battery count dropped, pleads no contest to lesser charge

After two months, Chad Mendes' legal ordeal is over.

The onetime UFC featherweight title challenger on Monday had a battery charge against him dropped in Hanford, Calif. Instead, according to reports, Mendes pled no contest to a lesser public disturbance charge, paid a fine and was released.

Mendes (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is scheduled to meet Hacran Dias (21-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 6 in December.

The Team Alpha Male fighter was charged in late August with battery for allegedly sucker punching a man during a July 29 bar fight in Hanford. The charge carried a possible $2,000 fine and up to six months in county jail.

According to the "Hanford Sentinel," Kings County Sheriff's deputies say Mendes "sucker punched a man in the face" at a local bar during the July incident.

According to the report, eyewitnesses told authorities Mendes quickly left the Lacey Inn Bar in his hometown of Hanford through "the back door, and he ran from law enforcement and managed to escape capture," though witnesses recognized him from his UFC popularity. Mendes' reps denied the series of events.

In a release from Mendes' representation at MMA Inc., Mendes said the incident was blown out of proportion and that was recognized through the legal process.

"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," Mendes stated in the widely reported release.

Mendes in January suffered a first-round knockout loss to featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 142. But he rebounded in July with a knockout win over Cody McKenzie at UFC 148.

UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.

For more on UFC on FX 6, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Chad Mendes)

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