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Report: Chad Mendes popped for growth hormone releaser following out-of-competition drug test

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It's been a pretty rough year for Chad Mendes.

Once considered the second-best featherweight in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), second only to then-champion Jose Aldo, the Team Alpha Male standout is now on a two-fight losing streak and recently flagged for a potential anti-doping violation.

Read our original report here.

While Mendes was quick to own up to his "mistake," no further information was provided regarding the substance that got him into hot water with the gang at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Veteran combat sports insider Larry Pepe, however, has some of the pertinent details.

From Twitter:

Source tells me that Chad Mendes popped for GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 6) and that he took it in cream form, not by injection. GHRP-6 is more of an anti-aging agent when taken alone. Of very little if any value to an athlete unless combined with other substances. However, I'm told that he only failed for that one substance and that nothing else was found. Taken alone it's of little value to athletes seeking any performance or strength enhancement so it is a little puzzling as to why he would take just that unless he got bad advice or it was inadvertent, for example.

Tainted supplements? Nothing new these days.

Mendes (17-4) has not competed since a quick knockout loss to Frankie Edgar last December and is now just 1-3 dating back to 2013. No word yet on what sort of punishment "Money" will have to endure, as USADA is still investigating, but a suspension is likely.

More details as they become available.

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