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Chad Mendes Down $10K Per Scratched Fight

Chad Mendes has been sitting on the sides too often and it’s costing him some serious cash. Three of the recent proposed bouts to the featherweight got scratched. Mendes is feeling the financial burn as he still must pay his camp.

“I’ve been through three back-to-back-to-back camps now, which sucks,” said Mendes to MMA Junkie. “I go through a camp and I spend my own money. I’ll go $6,000 or $7,000 or even $10,000 in, and then right before the fight it falls through. I don’t get that money back, so that in itself is frustrating, let alone having to kill myself for nothing.”

First, Hacran Dias went down with an injury. Manny Gamburyan did the same and no replacement could be found. Mendes was set to meet Clay Guida, before similar results. He returns against Darren Elkins and a layoff since December.

Elkins has five straight wins for the UFC since 2011. After piling up 11 wins, including ones in the WEC and UFC, Mendes dropped a featherweight championship shot against Jose Aldo with one second left in the opening round.

They meet on the preliminary end of UFC on FOX 7. It’s from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA this Saturday, April 20.