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Chad Mendes to Face Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 7, Following Manny Gamburyan Fight Cancellation

(If only he used his moustache powers for good. Photo via Tracy Lee/Yahoo!)

With his UFC 157 appearance up in smoke due to an injury withdrawal by Manny Gamburyan, featherweight contender Chad Mendes has been officially removed from the February 23rd card, and was just given a new match at UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez (April 20th, San Jose). Mendes, who is coming off back-to-back knockout victories in what could charitably be called “rebound fights,” will face Clay Guida, who is coming off a questionable split-decision victory in his featherweight debut against Hatsu Hioki, which followed his Worst Fight of the Year runner-up against Gray Maynard.

For Mendes, the matchup represents a return to tough competition that’s long overdue. For Clay, it’s another opportunity to bounce around the Octagon between takedowns and long stretches of top-control. (I’m just saying, remember the beast-version of Clay Guida who put in legendary battles against Roger Huerta and Diego Sanchez? Well, he got tired of losing fights and changed his strategy a bit. It is what it is.)

In addition to the headlining lightweight title fight, UFC on FOX 7 will feature Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir, Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson, and Dan Hardy vs. Matt Brown.

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Gladheateher- February 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm
Guida changed with his EPO usage
fightfan- February 12, 2013 at 11:16 am
At least this will be an exciting Clay Guida fight. I say exciting because he will be getting the shit pounded out of him and wont be able to take down & blanket Mendes.

The ONLY time Clay was exciting is when he "tried" to strike with better strikers and his granite chin made the fights exciting
mookiestick- February 12, 2013 at 8:35 am
I's not you "the 12ozCurls". I'm in agreement with you. I remember when Clay was one of the most exciting fighters in te UFC. I wouldn't miss an event that had him on the card. However since he's joined Jackson's camp, I usually walk out of the room and "swill" a tallboyin the backyard until his fight is over...
teep- February 12, 2013 at 8:24 am
This could be a great fight! His mustache makes him look like Wario! Or a lesser known porn star.
The12ozCurls- February 12, 2013 at 7:31 am
Is it just me or was Clay Guida waaaaaay cooler before Greg Jackson gave him a "game plan." I preferred it when he would get in the cage and just go batshit crazy with relentless aggression for 3 rounds.
MorningwoodII- February 12, 2013 at 7:29 am
That's ALMOST a younger version of a Don Frye stache.