“I have said from the beginning that the outrageous allegations published by the media were either false or incredibly sensationalized. Today’s outcome proves it.”

Those are words straight from Chad Mendes’s mouth after the charges of misdemeanor battery were dropped against him Monday in court. The charges stemmed from a bar brawl that supposedly took place shortly after his July 7th win over Cody McKenzie. Hanford, California to be specific – which is the hometown of Mendes. The charges were said to have carried up to six months in jail if found guilty. Luckily, Mendes was found to be innocent, and can now focus all of his attention back on his upcoming bout against Hacran Dias.

He will need that focus as Dias is a very dangerous foe. Despite having a lack luster debut back at UFC 147 the 21-1-1 Dias has proven to be a very dangerous fighter in his bouts before coming to the UFC. Before entering the UFC since 2009 Dias went 9-1. In those nine bouts only two fights ended in decision. Beyond that he had five wins by submission and two knockout wins.

Mendes looks to reassert himself at the top of the division after losing his title shot by first round knockout against the dominating Jose Aldo. If Frankie Edgar is able to unseat the long time champion then Mendes will have a better shot at getting another championship match, but he will have to  pass his test in Dias first before those talks can start.