Mendes is once again without an opponent, as Clay Guida has
suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to compete at
UFC on Fox 7.
Sherdog.com recently confirmed the development with sources close
to the situation, who verified that Mendes is still expected to
compete at the April 20 event from the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
Calif., though the search for a new opponent has apparently not
Mendes was initially scheduled to meet Manny
Gamburyan at UFC 157 in February but instead found himself
matched with Guida after Gamburyan withdrew due to injury. Mendes
faced a similar situation when Hacran Dias
pulled out of a December 2012 bout, setting up a short-notice
showdown with Octagon newcomer Yaotzin
Meza at UFC on FX 6.
A former NCAA Division I wrestling runner-up, Mendes dropped his
only professional fight by knockout to featherweight champion
Aldo in January 2012. Since making the move from the WEC to the
UFC, the Team Alpha Male product has gone 4-1, posting first-round
knockout victories over Cody
McKenzie and Meza in his last two outings.