A battery charge filed in California against UFC featherweight
Mendes was dismissed Monday after the fighter pleaded
no-contest to a lesser charge.
Mendes’ management recently announced the news. The fighter was
formally charged on Aug. 24 for his alleged role in a July 29 bar
fight in Hanford, Calif. Mendes faced a $2,000 fine and a sentence
of up to six months in county jail had he been convicted.
Instead, the featherweight was placed on informal probation and
fined $560 after pleading no-contest to a misdemeanor charge of
fighting in a public place, according to a report from the Hanford
Sentinel, the publication that first reported Mendes’ alleged
involvement in the July 29 incident. According to the initial
report, Mendes allegedly punched another patron at the Lacey Inn
Bar and then fled the scene.
“I have said from the beginning that the ridiculous allegations
published by the media were either false or incredibly
sensationalized,” Mendes said in a prepared statement. “[Monday’s]
outcome proves it.”
Mendes, 27, has been defeated just once as a professional mixed
martial artist, falling by knockout to featherweight king Jose Aldo this
past January at UFC 142. The setback snapped an 11-fight winning
streak for the Team Alpha Male representative, who rebounded from
the loss by knocking out Cody
McKenzie with a body shot in just 31 seconds on July 7 at UFC