MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: GUIDA INJURED, MENDES LEFT WITHOUT OPPONENT YET AGAIN

Yet more, Chad Mendes was abandoned without an opponent. Initially reported by Sherdog.com, Clay Guida has an injury which has forced him to pull out of his forthcoming UFC on FOX seven matchup against Mendes, which had been set to take place April 20 at HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.. It’s the third opponent to pull out of fights with Mendes in recent bouts, following Hacran Dias was scratched with an injury at UFC on FX 6 and Manny Gamburyan pulled out of his UFC 157 game with Mendes after he was hurt in practice. Mendes (13-1) is among the top-five featherweights in the world according to the MMA Fighter Rankings. He is an incredible wrestler with KO power, and since dropping to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142, he has bounced back with KO wins Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza to reaffirm his place as a leading featherweight. No clue yet on who’ll replace Mendes, but it is possible Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, or Dennis Siver requires his spot, although it’s probably if that is the case Mendes is going to be shifted to a later card. Formiga vs. Cariaso place for UFC on FX 8 A battle between top-ranked flyweights is set to go down this May in Brazil, since the UFC has included a matchup involving Jussier Formiga and Chris Cariaso to the forthcoming UFC on FX 8 card. TATAME.com was the first to break news of this bout. Formiga (14-2) is coming off a TKO reduction in his UFC debut to high rival John Dodson, while Cariaso (14-4) lost via submission to John Moraga at UFC 155, but both fighters are extremely talented and a triumph over a another puts them straight into the flyweight title picture. This is a fairly close battle, so expect the MMA chances to be aggressive when they’re released. I’d guess that Formiga would be a tiny favorite over Cariaso, who, while talented, doesn’t have the hype behind him that Formiga does. UFC Sweden 2 adds Cella vs. Troeng The UFC added a fight between TUF 17 middleweights into the upcoming UFC Sweden 2 card, as Swede Tor Troeng takes on American Adam Cella in the April 6 event scheduled to occur at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. MMAnytt.se first reported that the bout, which will will mark the official UFC introduction of both fighters. Troeng (15-4-1) and Cella (4-0) were eliminated from TUF 17 after being pumped out on the series, Cella’s loss being the brutal spinning hook kick KO by Uriah Hall. With Troeng fighting before his hometown crowd and Cella come off one of the worst KOs in current memory, expect Troeng to open as a strong -200 favourite, while Cella will be the underdog, and is definitely someone that you shouldn’t put your cash on.