Cody McKenzie Drops to Featherweight, Chad Mendes His First Challenge


Cody McKenzie

Fresh off of a victory on Tuesday night, Cody McKenzie has decided to drop down to featherweight and face Chad Mendes at UFC 148 in July. UFC officials on Friday announced verbal agreements are in place for the fight.

McKenzie (12-2) emerged from season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter unscathed, holding an undefeated professional record following the show’s finale. He then dropped back-to-back bouts to Yves Edwards and Vagner Rocha, before submitting newcomer Marcus LeVesseur at Tuesday night’s UFC on Fuel TV 3.

Even with the victory, however, McKenzie has decided it’s time to drop down from lightweight to the 145-pound division.

He faces some stiff competition in his UFC featherweight debut in Mendes.

A teammate of UFC 148 co-main eventer Urijah Faber, Mendes has only one blemish on his record, that being to current UFC featherweight champion in Jose Aldo. Mendes was 11-0 heading into the fight with Aldo, relishing a shot at the title.

He’s now left to climb back up the ladder, and will have to start with McKenzie.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva rematches Chael Sonnen in the UFC 148 main event on July 7 in Las Vegas.

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