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Battery Charge Against Chad Mendes Dropped; ‘Money’ Gets Off With Fine

The battery charge against UFC featherweight Chad Mendes was dropped by a judge yesterday. Mendes had been charged with sucker-punching a bar patron then fleeing the scene during a July 29th brawl at the Lacey Inn Bar in Hanford, California. Mendes faced up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. Instead, he plead no contest to a lesser count of public disturbance and has paid a fine and avoids jail time.

“I have said from the beginning that the ridiculous allegations published by the media were either false or incredibly sensationalized,” Mendes said in a statement. “(Monday’s) outcome proves it.”

There clearly was not enough evidence to support the charges against Mendes and he can now look towards his December bout against Hacran Dias on the UFC on FX 6 card.

- Elias Cepeda

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BaghdadBob- October 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Victim was too embarrassed to testify that a midget was able to punch him in the face.
Fried Taco- October 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm
"I swear, your honor, I didn't sucker-punch him. Have you seen my fights? The punch was clearly telegraphed."
mma4ever- October 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Some people just plead guilty to be done with it and not let shit drag on and then some people have more time than money .
skeletor- October 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm
It doesn't mean he didn't do it, he just plead down to a lesser charge. Happens all the time in misdemeanor cases. If they didn't have evidence to support the crime he wouldn't have had to plead guilty on anything. This hardly speaks to his innocence,, just that he has a lawyer.
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