Chad Mendes Now Meets Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 7

Written by Tom Ngo
March 19th, 2013

UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes

After posting a first round TKO victory on Saturday at UFC 158, Darren Elkins requested a tango with a top 10 opponent. The UFC wasted no time in granting the featherweight his wish, as the promotion announced Tuesday he’ll replace injured Clay Guida to face Chad Mendes (pictured) at UFC on FOX 7.

Elkins owns an underrated 16-2 professional record, but is perfect since dropping to featherweight five fights ago. Mendes undoubtedly marks the toughest test of his career.

Mendes was last seen steamrolling Yaotzin Meza at UFC on FX 6. The former top contender has spent a total of two minutes and 26 seconds inside the Octagon in his last two wins.

The 145-pound affair will take place in the card’s prelims.

HP Pavilion in San Jose, California hosts the April 20 festivities. An unofficial lightweight title unification bout between reigning UFC champion Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez headlines the gig.

Here is the show’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:

Yoel Romero vs. Clifford Starks

Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck

Roger Bowling vs. Anthony Njokuani

Jorge Masvidal vs. Tim Means

Francisco Rivera vs. Hugo Viana

Myles Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem

Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins

Darren Uyenoyama vs. Joseph Benavidez

Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin

Main Card:


Matt Brown vs. Dan Hardy

Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson

Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir

Gilbert Melendez vs. Benson Henderson (UFC lightweight champion)

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