Battery charge pending for Mendes after brawl
August 25, 2012
UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes will be charged with battery according to The Hanford Sentinel. The charges stem from a bar brawl in late July where it was claimed he “sucker punched” a bar patron and then left the scene.
Mendes was sought for questioning by authorities after the incident. According to this Friday’s article in the Sentinel, Mendes claimed he had left for Ohio to coach one of his teammates after the fight. Spokespeople for Mendes stated that the “majority of the facts pertaining to him (Mendes) in the story are absolutely false.”
Another headache for the UFC to address. Not only is the UFC dealing with the cancellation and aftermath of UFC 151, it now has one of its fighters wanted for battery. Mendes has yet to give further information on what happened that night and from a public relations standpoint he may want to reveal the allegations he feels are false. It will be interesting to see what the UFC will do (if anything) with Mendes. The report of a “sucker punch” must be addressed by Mendes as this allegation puts him in a bad light. People will think that not only is he a fighter by vocation, he is slinging punches at unsuspecting victims in bars.