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Chad Mendes makes first public comment since being flagged by USADA

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Chad Mendes had not commented at all since being flagged by USADA. Until Saturday.

The perennial UFC featherweight contender tweeted about his situation Saturday, saying he would "own it" and "pay for it."

The UFC announced that Mendes (17-4) was facing a potential USADA anti-doping violation June 10. That usually means a fighter failed a drug test or informed USADA that he or she unknowingly took a banned substance. USADA won't release any more information on the situation until the adjudication process is over.

Mendes, 31, is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Frankie Edgar in December. In his previous fight, he was knocked out by Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 189 with the UFC interim featherweight title on the line. Mendes, a Team Alpha Male product, only had losses to longtime champion Jose Aldo prior to that. He's been one of the best 145-pound fighters in the world over the last five years.