The UFC is going to have a tough time developing new stars to replace the slew of aging legends that are nearing retirement age, if its top young prospects keep finding themselves in legal trouble.
Just one week after 28-year-old flyweight Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall was arrested on a two-month-old charge of driving with a suspended license, 27-year-old featherweight standout Chad Mendes was charged with battery for punching a man in the face at a bar in Hanford, Calif.
McCall and Mendes were two of the UFC’s top up-and-coming stars under the age of 30, so the league undoubtedly suffers a tough blow by losing both combatants for the foreseeable future.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Mendes quickly left the Lacey Inn Bar in his hometown of Hanford, and he ran from law enforcement and managed to escape capture.
Mendes denies the series of events, but the Kings County District Attorney’s Office is pursuing the matter, and his arraignment is set for Sept. 19.
If he’s found guilty, he may face a fine of $2,000 and up to six months in county jail.
Mendes (12-1) is coming off a lopsided victory over Cody McKenzie and many MMA fans hoped to see him fight Frankie Edgar next, but that fight will have to wait while the legal matter gets settled.