After investigating the matter for the past few weeks the Kings County District Attorney’s office has officially charged UFC featherweight Chad Mendes with battery after the 27-year old allegedly punched an unsuspecting patron at an establishment in his hometown of Hanford, California. The July 29 attack is said to have occurred while Mendes was fleeing from police who wanted to speak with him after they were called to address multiple fights outside of a local bar.
If found guilty, Mendes could be fined $2,000 and spend up to six months behind bars. He is currently scheduled to be arraigned on September 19.
According to a comment from the sheriff’s office to local media outlet the Hanford Sentinel, the victim of Mendes’ “sucker punch” felt lucky to escape the situation with little more than a contusion given the Team Alpha Male staple’s success as a Mixed Martial Artist.
Mendes’ representatives have publicly denied the accuracy of the authorities’ account.
The 12-1 Mendes last fought on July 7 where he stopped opponent Cody McKenzie with strikes. He has not been attached to any upcoming bouts though speculation has surfaced stating the former title-contender could be Frankie Edgar’s first foe at 145 pounds.
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