By Adam Martin
Chad Mendes will still fight this Friday in Australia.
After an injury to Brazilian prospect Hacran Dias, Mendes was left without an opponent for this Friday night, when he was set to fight at UFC on FX 6 in Australia.
But UFC matchmaker Sean Shleby has found a short-notice opponent for Mendes.
His name is Yaotzin Meza, and he’ll be making his debut against Mendes, who is one of the top-five ranked featherweights in the world.
The switch was first reporter by Damon Martin of MMAWeekly.com.
Meza is a training partner of UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at The MMA Lab in Arizona, so it’s likely he’s in good shape as he’s probably been sparring with the champ for the last few months.
However, he is coming off a TKO loss suffered back in April, and going up against a powerful puncher like Mendes, that could spell trouble.
Mendes is coming off a big win over Cody McKenzie at UFC 148 when he punched his opponent one time in the stomach and scored the KO just seconds into the fight. Prior to that, Mendes fought UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142, suffering a KO loss himself.
But Mendes wants a rematch with Aldo. And he’ll have to start winning more fights if he’ll ever want to get it. And it all starts with Meza this Friday.
What are your thoughts?