With Lamas booked, Clay Guida steps up to face Chad Mendes at UFC 157


Hot on the heels of his manager stating that Chad Mendes would soon have a high profile fight (although it was rumored to be in April), news comes today that the UFC‘s number one contender at Featherweight will face off with Clay Guida at UFC 157. Originally pulled from the card after Manny Gamburyan was forced to withdraw due to injury, Mendes was campaigning for a bout with fellow top-ranked contender Ricardo Lamas.

When that bout fell apart due to Lamas signing onto a yet-to-be-announced bout, Mendes’ manager Mike Roberts spoke yesterday that Mendes was willing to fight anyone, and would most likely have a high-profile bout in April. But now he is back on the stacked UFC 157 card, where Ronda Rousey will make her UFC debut and Dan Henderson will square off with Lyoto Machida at Light Heavyweight. 

Guida comes into the bout off of a split decision win over the talented Hatsu Hioki at UFC on Fox 6. It was “The Carpenter’s” debut at 145 lbs., and while he took home the victory, many thought he deserved the loss. Mendes will serve as a very tough test for Guida, who looks to make a name for himself in a division that’s fast becoming one of the most talent-laden in the UFC.

On the other side of the Octagon, Chad Mendes will ride in with something to prove. UFC‘s new official rankings set recently marked him as the number-one contender to champion Jose Aldo‘s belt. Mendes has gained some momentum as of late, knocking out both Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza in the first round. However, it was still not that long ago that he found himself on the wrong end of a Jose Aldo highlight knee at UFC 142.

This fact makes it tough for Mendes to stake claim at the next title shot should he get past Guida, who would most likely be another high-quality win away from a title shot himself. This August, Aldo will face off with Anthony Pettis for the Featherweight title belt, and Mendes, as reported yesterday, will be rooting for Pettis in anticipation of a showdown with “Showtime.” 

This bout adds some more fire to the already exciting UFC 157 card. What will the ramifications hold for the suddenly oft talked-about UFC Featherweight division?

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  • if lamas isnt fighting KZ ima throw fit.

  • Clay Guida went from being a carpenter/fighter to a chip and dale dancer. Sadly, I have no intention of watching him fight again.

  • if mendes wins give him another title shot and screw over lamas again

  • Hell of a fight.
    This is honestly the first truly hard fight Mendes has had, apart from fighting for the belt, in over 3 years.
    He has been fighting mismatches and guys that his wrestling is ideal against for a while now, the only top guy he fought smashed him.

    I'm still picking Mendes but just noting it is sort of a step up in competition for him, compared to the majority of his resume of late.

    I'm interested to see the line on this one.

    • its an interesting fight but have you noticed how bad clay has looked in his last couple of fights. just doing the bare minumum to get a decision from literally staying in their guard. hes got awesome speed and cardio but doesnt do anything with it like against hioki, gray and pettis. clays only exciting fights are the ones he loses like benson, sanchez, ,florian etc

      • what about the Gomi and Diaz fights?

        The only times he has sat in someones guard recently is Hioki and Pettis but that fight was a couple of years ago.

        Thing about the Hioki fight, it wasn't like he was happy sitting with guard he was constantly trying to pass but he couldn't get out of Hioki's guard.

  • Who's Lamas fighting then? good for Clay,a win over Mendes def moves him up the ranks.

  • The only good fight I have enjoyed watching Clay Guida, was against Diego Sanchez…. I hope this one can top that one…Yet Mendes > Guida…….

    • you obviously missed the Bendo fight and many more

  • The mustache better be present.

  • I hope we get the "real" Guida. The guy that just goes after it not the guy who showed up to run from Maynard. I miss that guy.

  • The real Guida? You mean that dickhead who comes to the fight to 'not lose' rather than coming to the fight TRYING TO ACTUALLY WIN! I have absolutley no interest in watching this idiot fight anymore. I agree with underdoggreatness. I'm sick of people saying how good this guy is and how much he brings the fight. YOU ARE WRONG.

  • Um…That's why I said the "real" Guida. Here how about I just do this…..


    "I hope we get the "real" Guida. The guy that just goes after it not the guy who showed up to run from Maynard. I miss that guy."

    I copied/pasted my last comment so you can read it again. It pretty much says everything you said except I don't sound like…in your own words I guess…an IDIOT or the other word you used…Dickhead. Just sayin….

  • Good job Clay stepping up to take this fight! Should be an interesting fight.