Mendes, a member of Team Alpha Male, has confirmed through his Twitter account Monday that he will no longer be taking part in the event scheduled for Feb. 23. Originally scheduled to square of with Manny Gamburyan as part of the main card, that fight was scrapped when Gamburyan had to pull out of the fight due to injury after suffering a broken thumb and a fractured elbow. Apparently, all attempts to find a late replacement to step in and take the fight have fallen short, forcing the promotion to take the drastic step.
“Well guys looks like I’m off the Anaheim card. Sucks pretty bad,” Mendes wrote. “I’ll keep everyone updated with what I find out. Sorry.”
The UFC has yet to make an official announcement regarding the cancellation of the fight. Manny Gamburyan was forced off the card just two weeks short of the event, leaving Chad Mendes without a dance partner.
“Manny was injured and no one would step up,” Mendes wrote.
Back at UFC 142, Chad Mendes had his chance to compete for the featherweight title. Jose Aldo was able to claim victory in the first following a vicious knee, denying Mendes the opportunity to claim the title. That remains the only blemish on his otherwise stellar record which consists of 14 fights. Following his lost to Aldo, he rebounded nicely with first round finishes over Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza.
Manny Gamburyan has been less active than Mendes, only competing once last year. In that fight he scored a unanimous decision victory over Michihiro Omigawa. However, he has not fared too well since he joined the UFC following a stint on "The Ultimate Fighter," going 3-5 in two separate stints in the promotion.