Former UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes will not be competing in two weeks, as his scheduled opponent – Manny Gamburyan – suffered a training injury. The two were expected to be part of the February 23 UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche event.
“Well guys it looks like I’m off the Anaheim card,” Mendes posted on Twitter Sunday. “Sucks pretty bad. I’ll keep everyone updated with that I find out. Sorry.”
Mendes has dealt with opponent changes for the past year, but the UFC has been able to find him a new foe. This time, with just a matter of days to go before the event, they were unable to.
Gamburyan suffered a broken thumb and a fractured elbow in training. He will be sidelined for at least three-plus months.
In place of the bout, heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Lavar Johnson have been added to the pay-per-view main card.