Two major featherweight fights have been made official for UFC 164 in Wisconsin on August 31st.
First up, two of the division’s leading contenders Chad Mendes and Clay Guida will finally get a chance to compete after having their originally planned scrap at ‘UFC On FOX 7’ cancelled due to injury.
Mendes has already had one unsuccessful attempt to take the 145lb title from Jose Aldo, but since then he’s compiled a three-fight winning streak – all being first round finishes – and so a win here would propel him to within touching distance of a possible rematch.
Guida also has title aspirations though and took out one of the top contenders Hatsu Hioki in his featherweight debut, and defeating Mendes would go a long way to confirming him as a credible challenger.
Meanwhile, two of the UFC’s most promising young stars at 145lbs, Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier, will also fight at the event.
Koch narrowly missed out on a title fight due to injury last year, and has since lost by TKO to Ricardo Lamas bringing his four fight winning streak to a close so he’ll want to get straight back to winning ways here.
Poirier is in a similar position though, having dropped a decision to Cub Swanson back in February, so there’s pressure on him as well to make sure he emerges with the ‘W’ this time around.
UFC 164 doesn’t have a main event scheduled yet, with Brandon Vera Vs Ben Rothwell being the only other fight made official so far.