Chad Mendes was left without an opponent. Initially reported by Sherdog.com, Clay Guida has an injury which has forced him to pull from his upcoming UFC on FOX 7 matchup against Mendes, that was set to take place April 20 at HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.. It’s the third competitor to pull out of fights with Mendes in recent bouts, following Hacran Dias was scratched with an injury at UFC on FX 6 and Manny Gamburyan pulled out of his UFC 157 game with Mendes after he was hurt in practice. Mendes (13-1) is among the top-five featherweights in the world based on this MMA Fighter Rankings. He’s an amazing wrestler with KO power, and since dropping to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in UFC 142, he has bounced back with KO wins Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza to reaffirm his spot as a top featherweight. No hint yet on who’ll replace Mendes, but it’s possible Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver takes his place, although it’s likely if that’s the case Mendes is going to 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 added 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 this 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 entry to John Moraga at UFC 155, but both fighters are extremely talented and a triumph over one another puts them right back into the flyweight title film. This is a fairly close fight, so anticipate the MMA odds to be competitive when they are released. I would guess that Formiga would be a tiny favorite over Cariaso, that, although talented, does not have the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC added a battle involving TUF 17 middleweights into the coming UFC Sweden 2 card, as Swede Tor Troeng takes on American Adam Cella in the April 6 event scheduled to occur at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. MMAnytt.se first reported the bout, which will will mark the official UFC debut of both fighters. Troeng (15-4-1) and Cella (4-0) were both eliminated from TUF 17 after being knocked out on the series, Cella’s reduction being the barbarous spinning hook kick KO by Uriah Hall. With Troeng fighting in front of his hometown crowd and Cella come off among the worst KOs in current memory, expect Troeng to start as a solid -200 favorite, while Cella will be the underdog, and is definitely somebody that you shouldn’t put your money on.
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