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UFC on Fox 7: Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida Booked

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Joe Camporeale-US Presswire

An important featherweight bout is expected to take place between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida.  Mendes was originally scheduled to face Manny Gamburyan at UFC 157, but an injury forced Gamburyan off the card.  Mendes tried to salvage the situation by challenging Ricardo Lamas via Twitter, but Lamas already had an opponent lined up.

However, Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida has been booked, according to USA Today.  This bout is far more intriguing for Mendes as Guida has been a staple in the UFC for some time now.  There is title implications for the winner, which is currently being reigned by Jose Aldo.

Mendes comes into this match up off an emphatic KO over Yaotzin Meza.  He is on a two fight winning streak, and a win over Guida would be his biggest to date.  Mendes has looked great ever since losing to Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship.  His wrestling is some of the best in the division, and his hands have shown great power over the years.  Also, training with the likes of Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez doesn’t hurt.

Clay Guida made his successful featherweight debut against Hatsu Hioki.  Guida never slowed down in the fight, and was able to win a decision via his wrestling.  A win over Mendes certainly projects him up the rankings as Mendes is widely considered to be the second best featherweight in the division.

Both of these fighters like to put on exciting fights for the fans, making them ideal to watch.  Will Mendes get back in the title picture or will Guida make it 2-0 at his new weight class.

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