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Chad Mendes sought by authorities after assault, evading police

The image of UFC featherweight Chad Mendes mixing it up with another individual isn’t too far-fetched given his chosen profession. However, a different picture unfolded last weekend in Mendes’ hometown of Hanford, California when Mendes was linked to a fight at a local bar where he is alleged to have refused responding officers’ commands, punched an unsuspecting patron, and fled on foot shortly afterward.

According to a report from the Hanford Sentinel, a Sherriff’s Deputy saw two individuals fighting outside the establishment and attempted to break the brawl up. Shortly thereafter more people began filing outside and fighting including, as recognized by authorities, Mendes. The former title-contender was then said to have started swearing at the police and walked back inside the bar instead of leaving as asked. He is then alleged to have sucker-punched someone inside, left through the back door, and ultimately managed to escape pursuing officers on foot.

The city has been unable to get a hold of Mendes since.

“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,” explained assistant sheriff Dave Putnam. “With his training as a professional fighter, he could be looking at a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.”

Mendes has yet to publicly address the matter. His Twitter feed from the involved period of time shows no indication of the situation having unfolded, though the first message from July 28 (the date of incident) does feature Mendes at a bar with his father and friend who were apparently out celebrating their birthdays.

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7 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    He cannot be charged with assault with a deadly weapon due to his martial arts training. That is a complete myth and the fact that an assistant sheriff thinks that it’s true is embarrassing.

    That said, WTF Mendes!?! You should know better and if this is true you should be even more embarrassed than the idiot sheriff looking for you.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    f his hands are registered he should be charged. pro fighters should be held more accountable for their violence. Mayweather and rogers should never be able to compete again let alone be rooted for. Mendes probobly was being harrased or somthing im sure he didnt snap for no reason. Still no excuses.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Harassed or not they are suppose to know to control it, since they can also lose their license for hitting someone.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Wow, sounds pretty bad. I like having some drinks with friends as much as the next guy, but alcohol is often the catalyst for many terrible situations.

    Beyond that, impossible to pass any judgement until more details are known.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    When keeping it real goes wrong…

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Gotta know more details, boys.

    If there hadn’t been cameras rolling when Huerta clown stopped that dude outside the bar in Arlington, it would have been easy to say stuff like, “you’re a trained fighter… can’t be getting into bar brawls… blah blah blah.”

    I’m not suggesting Mendes was coming to the aid of a damsel in distress the way Huerta did, but I think it’s silly to speculate with so few details available of what actually went down. The dude was hanging out with his dad celebrating a birthday… who knows where things turned bad, who is to blame, etc.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    I couldn’t get my hands registered, but the schlong is listed.

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