Chad Mendes confirms he won't fight at UFC 157, Schaub/Johnson promoted to main card

Matt Roberts

There will be no replacement this time for Chad Mendes to fight. The UFC featherweight contender is off of UFC 157 following injuries to his opponent Manny Gamburyan.

Despite many calls for a superfight of epic proportions, UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes will not be rematching Cody McKenzie. Unfortunately for Mendes, it appears that with UFC 157 less than two weeks away, there isn't a suitable replacement for the injured Manny Gamburyan. Yesterday on Twitter, Mendes confirmed to fans that he is off the February 23rd show:

Unfortunately with most UFC events booked until April, it's unlikely we'll be seeing him compete over the next couple of months. Mendes last fought in December against Yaotzin Meza at UFC on FX 6, but even that was a last-minute fight following Hacran Dias' injury.

In place of Mendes, a previously scheduled preliminary card fight between Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson has now been elevated to the PPV broadcast.

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