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John Albert Expecting A Completely Different Yaotzin Meza

John Albert isn’t counting Yaotzin Meza out ahead of their UFC on FOX 8 meeting. In Meza’s UFC debut, he lost to the highly ranked Chad Mendes on short notice.

“[UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby was telling me no one wanted to fight the dude,” said Albert to MMA Mania. “Everyone is so worried about their record and getting cut that they didn’t want to risk it but Meza had no problem taking it on short notice within a week and a half. He’s a mentally tough guy and he went against the best in the world.”

This Saturday, Albert is likely fighting for his job. He’s 1-3 and on a three fight losing skid since the start of 2012.

Meza is 19-8 as he prepares to return for the first time in nearly a year. Most of his fights have come from RITC.

They will open UFC on FOX 8 from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA. It’s on July 27 with their bout airing on Facebook.