A show in Sacramento dictates the need for at least one other Team Alpha Male representative outside of Urijah Faber. In that vein, Mendes is essentially a lock for the card after putting Clay Guida away with relative ease late last month. Like Swanson, he’s on the cusp of contending for a title, so it makes perfect sense to have them square off. Adding intrigue, the two also fought once before with Mendes getting a decision nod, so each has something extra to strive for – Mendes can gun for a finish and Swanson can show how he’s improved since the initial encounter.
This week the UFC confirmed the company’s return to FOX for a December 14 show in Sacramento with two tilts attached to the card. As might be expected, local favorite Urijah Faber will see action at UFC on FOX 9, facing Michael McDonald in a co-headlining clash, while a lightweight title-fight between Anthony Pettis and T.J. Grant has been tentatively penciled in to the main event slot. With a few months’ worth of wiggle room, there are plenty of options worth considering for the evening’s effort including bouts both divisionally relevant and full of potential to entertain. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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