Not yet a week after his most recent victory, Chad Mendes already has his next assignment.
Mendes (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will meet Manny Gamburyan (12-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC) at UFC 157 in February. UFC officials on Thursday announced the fight booking, saying that verbal agreements are in place for the bout.
Mendes just this past week notched a knockout of Benson Henderson training partner Yaotzin Meza at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. That was a short-notice opponent for him after Hacran Dias had to pull out the week prior to the fight.
The win was the second straight quick stoppage victory for the Team Alpha Male product, who in July at UFC 148 stopped Cody McKenzie with a body punch just 31 seconds into the fight. That puts him on a two-fight win streak after suffering the first setback of his career, which came this past January in a featherweight title fight against champ Jose Aldo at UFC 142 in Aldo's native Brazil. In that bout, Aldo landed a knee that led to a knockout with just one second left on the clock in the first round.
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