Cody McKenzie Drops to Featherweight, Chad Mendes His First Challenge

May 18, 2012
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Cody McKenzie

Fresh off of a victory on Tuesday night, Cody McKenzie has decided to drop down to featherweight and face Chad Mendes at UFC 148 in July. UFC officials on Friday announced verbal agreements are in place for the fight.

McKenzie (12-2) emerged from season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter unscathed, holding an undefeated professional record following the show’s finale. He then dropped back-to-back bouts to Yves Edwards and Vagner Rocha, before submitting newcomer Marcus LeVesseur at Tuesday night’s UFC on Fuel TV 3.

Even with the victory, however, McKenzie has decided it’s time to drop down from lightweight to the 145-pound division.

He faces some stiff competition in his UFC featherweight debut in Mendes.

A teammate of UFC 148 co-main eventer Urijah Faber, Mendes has only one blemish on his record, that being to current UFC featherweight champion in Jose Aldo. Mendes was 11-0 heading into the fight with Aldo, relishing a shot at the title.

He’s now left to climb back up the ladder, and will have to start with McKenzie.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva rematches Chael Sonnen in the UFC 148 main event on July 7 in Las Vegas.

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  • brianhussey

    What is the UFC thinking with this matchup? Codie…thrown to the wolves (or wolf in this case). As long as Mendes gets his neck out of the “Kenzie Guill”

  • fjc1113

    So much for any kind of winnig streak for Cody

  • rsnowbass

    I’d argue this is a HUGE opportunity for Codie. No one expects him to win, including myself, but the payoff or upside for his UFC status will be through the roof with a win over Chad.

    Gotta bet big to win big…

  • shakejunt

    scratchin my head on this one, but maybe joe silva sees something we don’t…

  • browill70

    Fresh meat

  • Towers66

    I’ll bet the farm on this one. Mendes is going to win. If (IF!) he can pull off a miracle win against Mendes it would be HUGE for him. If he fails to beat him it is going to be a long road for him to get back to the top. He’s 1-2 in his last three….1-3 is risky if you’re trying to stay in the picture. I don’t like this fight, almost seems they are just giving Mendes a quick W to get him back up to title contention.


    first Griggs vs Davis and now this, WTF? Joe is slippin!

  • I like it, this is a big opportunity for Cody. Good fight and a good first test to see where he stands in a new division.

  • phrankthetank

    Mendes will have to change the strategy around a bit, going for a double leg on Cody is dangerous. By all rights and means mendes should win. Cody is a one trick pony, but he’s damn good at that one trick.

  • The_SaavedraFiles

    i’d argue Cody actually has better striking that Chad and and better submission arsenal. whereas Chad only has his Takedowns and Robotic striking. chad most likey wins but i’m going 100% for Mckenzie.

  • Is he trying to look like “V” from V for Vendetta?

  • RubeKegal

    Mendes by slaughter.