Chad Mendes has been left with no opponent. Initially reported by Sherdog.com, Clay Guida has an injury which has forced him to pull out of his upcoming UFC on FOX 7 matchup against Mendes, that was set to occur April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.. It’s the third opponent to pull from fights with Mendes in the past elections, following Hacran Dias was scratched with an accident at UFC on FX 6 and Manny Gamburyan pulled out of his UFC 157 match with Mendes after he had been hurt in training. Mendes (13-1) is among those top-five featherweights in the world based on this MMA Fighter Rankings. He is an amazing wrestler with KO power, and since dropping to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in UFC 142, he’s bounced back with KO wins over Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza to reaffirm his place as a leading featherweight. No clue yet on who’ll replace Mendes, but it’s potential Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver takes his spot, though it’s probably if that’s the case Mendes will be shifted to a card. Formiga vs. Cariaso place for UFC on FX 8 A conflict between top-ranked flyweights is set to return this May in Brazil, as the UFC has included a matchup involving Jussier Formiga and Chris Cariaso to the upcoming UFC on FX 8 card. TATAME.com was the first to break news of the bout. Formiga (14-2) is coming off a TKO loss in his UFC debut to top rival John Dodson, while Cariaso (14-4) lost via submission to John Moraga in UFC 155, but both fighters are extremely talented and a triumph over a another puts them straight back into the flyweight title film. This is a pretty close fight, so expect the MMA odds to be competitive when they are released. I’d guess that Formiga are a tiny favorite over Cariaso, that, while talented, doesn’t possess the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC added a fight between TUF 17 middleweights into the upcoming UFC Sweden 2 card, as Swede Tor Troeng takes on American Adam Cella at the April 6 event scheduled to take place at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. MMAnytt.se first reported the bout, which will will mark the official UFC introduction of both fighters. Troeng (15-4-1) and Cella (4-0) were eliminated from TUF 17 after being knocked out on the series, Cella’s loss being the barbarous spinning hook kick KO by Uriah Hall. With Troeng fighting before his hometown crowd and Cella come off one of the worst KOs in current memory, expect Troeng to open as a strong -200 favorite, while Cella will surely be the underdog, and is definitely someone that you shouldn’t put your cash on.
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