In light of Jose Aldoâ€™s withdrawal from a proposed title tilt, slated challenger Chad Mendes will collide with dangerous submission specialist Rani Yahya at UFC 133.
Mendesâ€™ decision to remain active and avoid sitting on the shelf to await his title shot is wise for a number of reasons: heâ€™ll remain fluid and avoid ring rust, heâ€™ll gain more (much needed) experience, and heâ€™ll keep UFC head honcho Dana White extremely happy.
Whiteâ€™s expressed displeasure in the past with many challengers who opt to avoid fighting in favor of awaiting promised title shots; Chad Mendes was paying attention.
Mendes brings an undefeated record of 10-0 to the cage, having last fought at UFC 126, where he battered durable veteran Michihiro Omigawa over the course of three rounds.
Rani Yahya boasts a professional record of 16-6. After dropping two consecutive fights (to Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki), Yahya rebounded at UFC: Fight For the Troops 2 where he earned a unanimous decision victory over former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown.