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This is a very dangerous fight for both guys here. With longtime champ Jose Aldo possibly leaving the featherweight division, there are two sure-fire contenders about to fight in Chad Mendes and Clay Guida.
Mendes is one of the best featherweights in the world and is widely ranked behind only Aldo at 145 lbs. He has heavy hands and a strong wrestling pedigree, making him a well-rounded threat anywhere in the cage. This shows in his record, as he owns wins over fellow Top 10 fighters Erik Koch and Cub Swanson.
Guida, meanwhile, is in a position where every fight is a must-win if he ever wants to earn a shot at UFC gold. “The Carpenter” has gone from a must-see brawler to a guy who will struggle to find a spot on a main card due to the honest-to-goodness lay-and-pray style he has adopted since joining the Greg Jackson camp.
That said, he is still far more recognizable than most featherweights courtesy of his lengthy list of accomplishments at lightweight, and a win over Mendes would insert him into the title picture, whether fans like it or not.
Should Aldo move up in weight, this fight will likely earn the winner a spot in the fight for the vacant title.
Picking the winner is a tough call. Both fighters' greatest strength is their wrestling, but the major differences between the two are size and experience.
Guida has the edge in both departments, fighting as a large featherweight. Guida also owns some lofty highs that include wins over four of the UFC's current Top 10 lightweights in Anthony Pettis, Josh Thomson, Rafael dos Anjos and Nate Diaz. That leads to this upset pick...
Clay Guida defeats Chad Mendes via unanimous decision.