MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: GUIDA INJURED, MENDES LEFT WITHOUT OPPONENT YET AGAIN

Chad Mendes was abandoned with no opponent. As first reported by Sherdog.com, Clay Guida has an injury which has forced him to pull from his forthcoming UFC on FOX seven matchup against Mendes, which had been set to take place April 20 at HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.. It’s the third opponent to pull out of conflicts with Mendes in recent bouts, after Hacran Dias was scratched with an accident at UFC on FX 6 and Manny Gamburyan pulled from his UFC 157 match with Mendes later he was hurt in practice. Mendes (13-1) is one of the top-five featherweights in the world according to this MMA Fighter Rankings. He is an amazing wrestler with KO power, and because dropping to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142, he has bounced back with KO wins Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza to reaffirm his spot as a leading featherweight. No hint yet on who will replace Mendes, however it’s possible Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver takes his spot, though it’s likely if that’s the case Mendes is going to be shifted to a card. Formiga vs. Cariaso set for UFC on FX 8 A battle between top-ranked flyweights is set to return this May in Brazil, since the UFC has added a matchup between Jussier Formiga and Chris Cariaso to the forthcoming UFC on FX 8 card. TATAME.com was the first to break news of this bout. Formiga (14-2) is coming off a TKO loss in his UFC debut to top rival John Dodson, while Cariaso (14-4) lost via submission to John Moraga in UFC 155, but both fighters are incredibly talented and a triumph over a another puts them straight into the flyweight title picture. This is a fairly close fight, so expect the MMA chances to be competitive when they’re released. I would guess that Formiga are a small favorite over Cariaso, that, although talented, doesn’t have the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC added a battle involving TUF 17 middleweights into the upcoming UFC Sweden 2 card, as Swede Tor Troeng takes on American Adam Cella at the April 6 event scheduled to take place at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. MMAnytt.se first reported the bout, which will will mark the official UFC debut of both fighters. Troeng (15-4-1) and Cella (4-0) were eliminated from TUF 17 after being pumped out on the series, Cella’s reduction being the barbarous spinning hook kick KO by Uriah Hall. With Troeng fighting before his hometown crowd and Cella come off one of the worst KOs in recent memory, anticipate Troeng to open as a strong -200 favorite, while Cella will be the underdog, and is definitely somebody that you shouldn’t put your cash on.

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