It didn't take long for Chad Mendes to find a new opponent and new card to fight on. After he confirmed he was not fighting at UFC 157 due to Manny Gamburyan's injury and the lack of an immediate replacement, the UFC has booked Mendes to fight Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 7. This news was confirmed earlier this morning by USA Today and MMA Junkie.
Mendes has won his last two fights against Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza, both by early first round KO/TKO. His last fight against a top-level featherweight was a KO loss to Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt at UFC 142 in Brazil, and it also doubles as the only defeat of his MMA career.
Guida successfully (and perhaps controversially) won his featherweight debut against Hatsu Hioki at UFC on FOX 6. "The Carpenter" took a split decision over the Japanese fighter, marking the 6th time in 17 UFC fights that Guida has gone to a split decision outcome, going 3-3 in those situations.
UFC on FOX 7 is slated for April 20th, with a main event of Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez for the LW title, and Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier as the co-main event. It is unknown whether or not Guida/Mendes will air on FOX's main card or as a leading fight on the FX prelims.