The news comes from www.hanfordsentinel.com who is reporting that UFC featherweight Chad ‘Money’ Mendes will in fact be charged with Battery, stemming from a bar incident which alledgedly involed a Bar brawl involving 40 people
Kings County Sheriff’s deputies say Mendes, a 27-year-old local native, sucker punched a man in the face at the Lacey Inn Bar on July 29. Leaving out the back door, he ran from law enforcement and managed to escape capture. But witnesses at the scene recognized the famous athlete.
“The victim felt lucky to walk out with just a contusion after being punched by Mendes,” Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said.
By the time the story made headlines, Mendes had already left the area to coach a teammate in Ohio. His representatives spoke out against the allegations, saying the “majority of the facts pertaining to him in the story are absolutely false.”
Mendes promised, through his spokesmen, to meet with law enforcement upon his return. The Sentinel is trying to reach him for comment.
He is set to be arraigned in court on Sept. 19.
It’s unlikely this will effect Mendes’ employment with the UFC. However, with former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar dropping down to featherweight, Mendes was a likely candidate to welcome him to the division, this charge could prevent that from happening.