MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: GUIDA INJURED, MENDES LEFT WITHOUT OPPONENT YET AGAIN

Chad Mendes has been left with no opponent. As first reported by Sherdog.com, Clay Guida has an injury that has forced him to pull out of his upcoming UFC on FOX 7 matchup against Mendes, which was set to take place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.. It’s the third opponent to pull from fights with Mendes in recent bouts, following Hacran Dias was scratched with an accident at UFC on FX 6 and Manny Gamburyan pulled from his UFC 157 game with Mendes later he had been hurt in training. Mendes (13-1) is among those top-five featherweights in the world according to this MMA Fighter Rankings. He’s an amazing wrestler with KO power, and because losing to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in UFC 142, he’s bounced back with KO wins over Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza to reaffirm his spot as a leading featherweight. No hint yet on who will replace Mendes, however it’s possible Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver takes his spot, though it’s likely if that’s the case Mendes will be changed to a card. Formiga vs. Cariaso set for UFC on FX 8 A conflict between top-ranked flyweights is set to go down this May in Brazil, as the UFC has included a matchup between Jussier Formiga and Chris Cariaso into the upcoming UFC on FX 8 card. TATAME.com was the first to break news of this bout. Formiga (14-2) is coming off a TKO loss in his UFC debut to high contender John Dodson, while Cariaso (14-4) lost via submission to John Moraga in UFC 155, but both fighters are incredibly talented and a triumph over a another puts them right into the flyweight title picture. This is a pretty close fight, so anticipate the MMA odds to be competitive when they’re released. I would guess that Formiga would be a tiny favorite over Cariaso, that, although talented, does not have the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC added a fight between TUF 17 middleweights into the upcoming UFC Sweden 2 card, as Swede Tor Troeng takes on American Adam Cella in the April 6 event scheduled to occur at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. MMAnytt.se first reported that the bout, which will will indicate the official UFC debut of both fighters. Troeng (15-4-1) and Cella (4-0) were eliminated from TUF 17 after being pumped out on the series, Cella’s reduction being the barbarous spinning hook kick KO by Uriah Hall. With Troeng fighting before his hometown crowd and Cella come off one of the worst KOs in current memory, expect Troeng to open as a solid -200 favourite, while Cella will be the underdog, and is definitely somebody you need ton’t place your cash on.

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