SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 29: UFC fighter Chad Mendes of the United States poses with Mitch Morton of the Swans during a Sydney Swans AFL meeting with UFC fighters at Swans Headquarters on February 29, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. UFC Sydney is being held at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Well, I wasn't expecting this fight booking. Fresh off of his guillotine win over Marcus LeVesseur at UFC on Fuel 3, Cody McKenzie will finally make the drop to featherweight. And he's got a really tough opponent for his debut. UFC.com has the news:
Coming off a submission victory over a powerful wrestler, Cody McKenzie is now moving to featherweight and wasting no time by taking on yet another wrestling-based powerhouse, one of the division's elite, Chad Mendes.
McKenzie's last 11 wins have come via his signature guillotine choke, while the 11-1 Mendes has never been submitted. Both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, set to take place on July 7th at UFC 148 in Las Vegas.
Mendes (11-1) hasn't competed since he was knocked out by a Jose Aldo knee in the first round of their UFC featherweight title belt at UFC 142 in January, the first loss of his career. The bout will take place on the preliminary card.