With the recent news that Manny Gamburyan was not going to compete at UFC 157 against fellow featherweight, and former title challenger, Chad “Money” Mendes (13-1) due to injury, the UFC was unable to find a replacement to step up against Mendes with under 2 weeks’ notice. Now the promotion has moved Mendes to the UFC on Fox 7 card, and he is set to face off against Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (30-13) on April 20th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Since coming up short via first round KO at the hands, or knee, of champion Jose Aldo, Mendes has put together two impressive KO victories over Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza. Mendes looks to make it a third against Guida, and stake his claim for another shot at Aldo. “The Carpenter” on the other hand looks to get his second win at featherweight following his recent split decision victory over Hatsu Hioki last month. Before dropping down a weight class, Guida suffered a split decision loss to lightweight stand-out Gray Maynard. Both men bring a fast pace and great wrestling in what should be a war of attrition.
Mendes vs. Guida is rumored to possibly be included on the four-fight main card, airing on FOX. The headliner being a lightweight title showdown between reigning champ Benson Henderson, and former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. The co-main event features a heavyweight clash as former champion Frank Mir welcomes Strikeforce standout, Daniel Cormier. Other official fights slated for UFC on FOX 7 include a lightweight scrap with Nate Diaz squaring up with Josh “The Punk” Thompson, and a welterweight fight between Matt “The Immortal” Brown and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy.
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