Chad Mendes was left 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 was set to occur April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.. It’s the third competitor to pull from fights with Mendes in recent bouts, following Hacran Dias was scratched with an injury at UFC on FX 6 and Manny Gamburyan pulled from his UFC 157 game with Mendes later he had been hurt in training. Mendes (13-1) is one of those top-five featherweights in the world according to this MMA Fighter Rankings. He’s an amazing wrestler with KO power, and because losing to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142, he has bounced back with KO wins over Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza to reaffirm his spot as a leading featherweight. No clue yet on who’ll replace Mendes, however it is potential Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver takes his place, though it’s probably if that is the case Mendes will be changed to a card. Formiga vs. Cariaso set for UFC on FX 8 A conflict between top-ranked flyweights is set to return this May in Brazil, since the UFC has included a matchup between Jussier Formiga and Chris Cariaso into 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 high contender John Dodson, while Cariaso (14-4) lost via submission to John Moraga in UFC 155, but both fighters are extremely talented and a win over one another puts them straight into the flyweight title picture. This is a pretty close fight, so expect the MMA chances to be aggressive when they are released. I would guess that Formiga are a small favorite over Cariaso, that, although talented, doesn’t have the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC added a fight between TUF 17 middleweights to the coming 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 that 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 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 one of the worst KOs in recent memory, anticipate Troeng to open as a solid -200 favorite, while Cella will be the underdog, and is definitely somebody you need ton’t put your money on.
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