The latest UFC fighter to have a run-in with the law appears to be former title-contender Chad Mendes, as the featherweight’s name was recently reported in connection with a bar fight last weekend in his hometown of Hanford, California.
According to authorities, Mendes was part of a group of men involved in a melee outside of a local establishment and refused to leave when asked to do so by police. He is said to have then walked back into the bar, sucker-punched a man inside, and then fled through the back door where he was pursued but not caught.
“If we don’t speak with him by Monday, then we’ll request that the District Attorney’s Office file charges against him. Then we can pick him up on an arrest warrant,” revealed assistant sheriff Dave Putnam in a statement to the Hanford Sentinel, adding that his department was unable to get a hold of Mendes last week.
Putnam also explained the District Attorney’s office could file “assault with a deadly weapon” charges based on Mendes’ training as a professional fighter. The patron he is alleged to have struck only suffered a contusion.
No comment has surfaced from the Team Alpha Male fighter or his representatives.
Mendes is 7-1 under the Zuffa banner including three wins in the UFC. He was last seen in early July, taking out Cody McKenzie in the first round of their match-up at UFC 148.
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