Former UFC 145-pound title challenger Chad Mendes
has been charged with battery for his alleged role in a July 29 bar
fight in Hanford, Calif.
According to a report from the Hanford Sentinel, the Kings
County District Attorney’s office announced Friday that Mendes will
be arraigned in court on Sept. 19. The charge carries a potential
$2,000 fine and a sentence of up to six months in county jail.
Mendes is accused of allegedly punching a man at the Lacey Inn Bar
and leaving through the establishment’s back door before he could
be captured by law enforcement officials. However, Mendes was
recognized by witnesses on the scene, according to the Hanford
Sentinel. Through his management team, Mendes has denied the
majority of the allegations against him.
Jeff Meyer, Mendes’ manager, recently released a statement to
acknowledging that the fighter has been charged with one count of
simple misdemeanor battery. According to the statement, Mendes is
cooperating with the investigation and will appear in court as
scheduled on Sept. 19.
After reeling off 11 straight wins to begin his MMA career, Mendes
suffered his first setback in January, when he was knocked out by
reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo at
UFC 142. The 27-year-old Team Alpha Male representative rebounded
from the defeat last month, knocking out “Ultimate Fighter 12”
McKenzie in 31 seconds at UFC 148.