According to a report published Friday on Pro MMA Insider, once again, Chad Mendes is left without a dancing partner for UFC on Fox 7. This time, Clay Guida had to bow out of the fight following an undisclosed injury.
Clay Guida had originally agreed to step in to face Mendes on short notice when his original opponent, Manny Gamguryan was forced to withdraw when he suffered his own injury. Despite this most recent turn of events, Chad Mendes is still expected to compete on the card. All that is left is to find him an opponent who is able to make it to the cage in one piece. Apparently, so far the search has not gone as well as hoped for as that search continues.
This isn't the first time that Chad Mendes will find himself heading into a fight on short notice. Back in December 2012, Hacran Dias withdrew from their contest, forcing Mendes to do battle with Yaotzin Meza, who was making his UFC debut at UFC on FX 6. That debut did not go as well as Mezo had hoped for.
The ability to find opponents has been one of the few things that have not gone Mendes' way as a pro. So far, he has lost just once, when he suffered a knockout loss to featherweight champion Jose Aldo. His last two outings inside the Octagon have seen him score first-round knockout victories over Meza and Cody McKenzie. Since making his debut inside the UFC, following his move from WEC, he has gone an impressive 4-1.
For Clay Guida, he was hoping to post back-to-back victories following a pair of losses suffered at the hands of Benson Henderson and Gray Maynard. In his most recent fight, he scored a split-decision victory over Hatsu Hioki at UFC on Fox 6, in a performance that was not particularly impressive. It is not known at this time how long he will be out of action.