Standout UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes was scheduled to meet Manny Gamburyan at the UFC 157 event, but was left without a match when Gamburyan pulled out of the fight due to injury. Now comes word that Mendes has been added to the UFC on FOX 7 card scheduled for April 20th, taking on ‘The Carpenter’ Clay Guida. The match certainly could yield a title shot to the winner, as Mendes is considered the top guy in the division this side of Champion Jose Aldo, and Guida was a contender in the Lightweight division and is now 1-0 at 145 lbs. It is a hard fight to make a call on, as both men have similar skill sets and both men rely on cardio.
This match will be a difficult one for the odds makers to make a line on. With the exception of Aldo, Mendes has separated himself from the rest of the weight class with dominant performances, and he has been pushing for a rematch with Aldo ever since he was KO’d by the champ in the opening round.
Mendes followed that loss with two KO wins in which he spent approximately 2 minutes in the octagon total. But the migration of Lightweights that are dropping in weight class have changed the landscape of the Featherweight division. Frankie Edgar and Anthony Pettis came down in weight class and went right into title shots. Guida doesn’t quite bring that type of pedigree, but he logged a quality win in his first outing at 145 lbs over Japanese standout Hatsu Hioki to earn the fight with Mendes.
Guida made a name for himself with his high energy motor, solid chin and aggression, but that engine hasn’t been revving at former crowd pleasing levels for several fights now. Hioki was no different, as it was a more methodical Guida with a game plan that has been seen recently.
Mendes is likely to come in a slight favorite for the fight, as he seems to be the fresher athlete of the two. IT will be interesting to see where the line opens, and if Guida has any of the betting public still on his bandwagon.