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Chad Mendes gets Rani Yahya at UFC 133 after Jose Aldo sidelined with injury

When undefeated featherweight Chad Mendes recently learned his scheduled shot at 145-pound champion Jose Aldo would be postponed due to the Brazilian’s health-related status he was given the option of waiting for Aldo to recover or risk his contendership status by taking another fight in the interim. He chose the latter.

According to the UFC, Mendes will round out an already-packed UFC 133 card by taking on talented tap-out artist Rani Yahya at the August 6 event while Aldo heals in anticipation of a title-defense this fall.

Team Alpha Male’s Mendes’ decision to remain active rather than prolong his absence from the Octagon any longer could prove to be a fatal mistake where his hopes of procuring gold in 2011 are concerned, as Yahya should represent the best BJJer the 26-year old has faced thus far in his career and possibly the toughest overall test. Fourteen of Yahya’s sixteen victories have been the result of submission-based success. Among the names in his “W” column are Eddie Wineland, Yoshishiro Maeda, and Mark Hominick, as well as former champ Mike Brown who he outpointed this past January at UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

However, Mendes has shown ever indication of being up to the challenge Yahya provides based on his ten total performances including consecutive wins over Eric Koch, Anthony Morrison, Cub Swanson, Javier Vasquez, and most recently Michihiro Omigawa.

The UFC’s forthcoming foray into Philly boasts an impressive thirteen-fight line-up including a trio of main card clashes featuring former champs such as Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rich Franklin, and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshishiro Akiyama.

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6 COMMENTS
  • JOEgun says:

    no injury. Aldo is just meeting his medical suspension from UFC 129

  • JOEgun says:

    regardless, Mendez should have waited for his shot.
    he could have used the extra six weeks or so to keep training for Aldo. longer training could have minimized the ass whoopin hes gonna get.

    personally i hope Mendez loses to Yayha, jus so he can learn his lesson. i dont like Mendez anyway. he just wrestles with minimal ground n pound to avoid getting subbed or his opponent escaping. too one dimensional and conservative

  • locoRover says:

    Bravo to chad,if he keeps winning he further establishes the earning of a title shot and his nature as a champion.

    He loses, and guess what, he isn’t the best and shouldn’t be fighting for a belt.

    Either way, I’d think this is a good way to keep the UFC brass happy.

  • locoRover says:

    To clarify, I don’t think mendes beats aldo. But this is the precedent that should be set when it comes to fighting for a belt. Look at rashad, and how he sat around, and how much that cost him.

    Jesus, after this weekend rampage will have fought twice since the last time shad did…

    If you want a shot at the title, and the champ gets hurt, continue to prove your mettle.

  • JOEgun says:

    my bad. Aldo cant train because he has that reoccuring nerve/disc problem that makes his arm numb. but he wont be out that long.

    maybe if Mendez and Kenny both win their fights they can fight each other for the title shot.
    i think Kenflo needs to win his first featherweight fight impressively though

  • locoRover says:

    With aldo stating that he wants to fight in september, I wouldn’t be the least beat surprised if kenflo gets a shot assuming a win at 131.

    I’d definitely prefer to see kenflo with at least 2 wins at 145 before a shot, but the division will need a title challenger, and mendes electing to fight leaves it open. Plus kenflo would bring marketability and credibility to the belt, win or lose, to the casual fan.

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