Chad Mendes is less than a week removed from his first round knockout win over Yaotzin Meza, and yet he is already set up for his next fight. Mendes will be taking on another former number one contender, when he face Manny Gamburyan. The bout will take place at UFC 157, which is set for February 23rd in Anaheim, California. The card is headlined by the first female bout in UFC history when Ronda Rousey puts her title on the line against Liz Carmouche. Both Mendes and Gamburyan want another title shot after suffering knockout losses to longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Mendes had never suffered a loss until he entered the cage against Jose Aldo. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned when he was knocked out by a knee at the last second of the first round. Mendes has been improving as a fighter since that loss. He has not been relying on his wrestling skills as much as of late, using his new found power in his hands. The first sign of this was a body punch to Cody McKenzie that ended the fight. Mendes Followed that up with his knockout over Meza.
In Gamburyan, Mendes faces another fighter with a stellar ground game who has also found one-punch knockout power. Gamburyan comes from a judo background, but displayed his power when he knocked out former champion Mike Brown. If Gamburyan can best Mendes, it will be the first time he has been able to string together two wins since 2010. He was able to end a career worse three fight losing streak by taking a decision win over Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa. While Gamburyan has not been doing the best as of late, he is the biggest competition Mendes has faced since losing to Aldo.