According to Ultimate Fighting Championships sources, Manny Gamburyan will fight Chad Mendes at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Gamburyan had previously expressed his interest to fight on the card, as it is headlined by Ronda Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title fight against Liz Carmouche.
Rousey is a longtime teammate of Gamburyan's at the Glendale Fighting Club and Team Hayastan.
Gamburyan (12-7) and Mendes (13-1) will face off in a 145-pound matchup with both of them having previously taken on 145-pound champion Jose Aldo in title losses.
Well, this makes a little bit more sense than the Cody McKenzie fight, but not by a whole lot. Manny is coming off of a hard fought decision win over Omigawa, but before that, he dropped three in a row. Manny should be in against a top twenty guy, whereas Mendes should be in there against a top fiver at least.
Aside from that, it can be interesting to watch a strong wrestler fight a strong judoka. Wouldn't be surprised if they were both content to contest in on the feet, though.