Submission-specialist Cody McKenzie will waste little time between fights, as the inventor of the “McKenzie-tine” has agreed to face former title-contender Chad Mendes at UFC 148 despite having fought earlier this week at UFC on Fuel 3. Were the short turnaround not enough, McKenzie will also be making his featherweight debut in the fight giving him a small window to work with in terms of getting down to 145 pounds.
News of the July 7 match-up has been confirmed by UFC officials.
The 13-2 McKenzie has twelve submissions to his credit with the each coming in the opening round of action. He is 2-2 since his time on TUF 12 including his recent tap-out of Marcus LeVesseur.
Meanwhile, Mendes suffered the first loss of his career in January when he took on divisional champion Jose Aldo. Prior to the stumble he’d won eleven straight with success against the likes of Michihiro Omigawa, Rani Yahya, Cub Swanson, and Erik Koch.
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