For a while, Chad Mendes was one of the top dogs in the featherweight division and part of every discussion about who could wear the belt. But two failed runs at Jose Aldo and a devastating KO at the hands of Frankie Edgar put the kibosh on that, and now – thanks to a failed drug test – homeboy is out of the conversation for the next two years.

As per MMAFighting:

One of the world’s best featherweight fighters will be out until 2018.

Chad Mendes has been suspended for two years by USADA after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in an out-of-competition sample May 17, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Wednesday. The banned substance GHRP-6, also known as growth-hormone releasing hexapeptide, was found in Mendes’ system.

Mendes, 31, won’t be able to return to the UFC until June 10, 2018, two years from the date of the beginning of his provisional suspension.