In the wake of Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar's high-profile drug scandals came that of Chad Mendes.
A former opponent of Conor McGregor, Mendes was handed a two-year ban for testing positive for banned substance GHRP-6 which will keep him out of competition until May 2018.
Mendes gave an honest admission upon the news breaking, claiming responsibility for the test although leaving some question-marks as to what exactly caused the red flag.
I didn't do my homework and that was a big mistake. I own it and I'm going to pay for it.
— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 18, 2016
But now he has explained exactly why he believes he failed the USADA testing, and he's blaming it on skin cream.
Reports of the possibility of the failed test occurring due to skin cream had surfaced in the past week, and Chad has since confirmed that he believes his need for a special ointment for a rare condition is what has brought on his ban.
Chad Mendes confirms what @NickUFC reported last week. His positive test came from a skin cream for plaque psoriasis pic.twitter.com/IdUKy66ymB
— Michael Hutchinson (@TheMikeyHutch) July 28, 2016
This would certainly go in line with his initial admission that he failed to properly check up and 'do his homework', and again it seems as though Mendes is owning up to the responsibility and isn't looking for sympathy from anyone.
His name has been somewhat tarnished since the initial news broke, with many MMA fans labelling him a cheat, so it will be interesting to see how this statement from Mendes is received.