A quartet of featherweights has been added to the developing
157 bill, promotion officials announced Thursday, as Chad Mendes
Gamburyan and Matt Grice
Bermudez at the Feb. 23 event.
UFC 157 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Headlined by
the first women’s fight in UFC history, the evening’s pay-per-view
broadcast will see Ronda
Rousey defend her newly christened bantamweight title against
former Strikeforce contender Liz
Mendes, 27, has recorded just 2:26 of combined cage time in his
last two fights, earning knockouts over “Ultimate Fighter” Season
12 alum Cody
McKenzie in July and Octagon newcomer Yaotzin
Meza just five days ago at UFC on FX 6. In 14 career outings,
Mendes has stumbled just once, falling by knockout to featherweight
champion Jose Aldo this
past January in the UFC 142 headliner.
Gamburyan last competed in August, when he took a unanimous
decision over Dream and Sengoku veteran Michihiro
Omigawa at UFC on Fox 4. The triumph halted a three-fight skid
for the onetime WEC title challenger, who suffered defeats to
Griffin and Diego Nunes
in his first two Octagon appearances.
Known as “The Real One,” Grice is currently in his second run with
the UFC, returning to the Octagon last year on the strength of a
four-fight winning streak. Following his technical knockout defeat
at the hands of Ricardo
Lamas at UFC Live 4, Grice rebounded with a unanimous decision
victory over Leonard
Garcia nearly one year later, outpointing “Bad Boy” on June 8
at UFC on FX 3.
A finalist on “TUF 14,” Bermudez made his official UFC debut at the
show’s live season finale in December 2011, finishing in the
runner-up slot after submitting to a Diego
Brandao armbar. “The Menace” responded with a pair of
victories, however, outpointing Pablo Garza
in May before taking out Tommy
Hayden three months later at UFC 150.