Once again, Chad Mendes was abandoned without an opponent. As first 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, which had been set to take place April 20 at HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.. It is the third opponent to pull from conflicts 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 had been hurt in practice. Mendes (13-1) is among those top-five featherweights in the world according to this MMA Fighter Rankings. He’s an incredible 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 spot as a leading featherweight. No hint yet on who will replace Mendes, but it’s possible Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver takes his spot, though it’s likely if that’s the case Mendes is going to be changed to a later card. Formiga vs. Cariaso set for UFC on FX 8 A battle 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 forthcoming 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 contender John Dodson, while Cariaso (14-4) lost via submission to John Moraga in UFC 155, but both fighters are incredibly talented and a triumph over a another puts them straight into the flyweight title picture. This is a fairly close fight, so expect the MMA odds to be competitive when they are released. I’d guess that Formiga would be a tiny favorite over Cariaso, that, while talented, does not possess the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC additional a fight between 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 take place at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. MMAnytt.se first reported the bout, which will will indicate the official UFC introduction of both fighters. Troeng (15-4-1) and Cella (4-0) were both eliminated from TUF 17 after being pumped out on the show, Cella’s reduction being the brutal spinning hook kick KO from Uriah Hall. With Troeng fighting before his hometown crowd and Cella come off one of 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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