Mendes (13-1) has been on an absolute tear since suffering his first career loss at the hands (and knees) of Joe Aldo at UFC 142. The Team Alpha Male product has spent a total of 2:25 in the cage since, putting violent ends to the nights of Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza in the first round.
Gamburyan (12-7) has fought just once this year, bouncing Michihiro Omigawa from the promotion at UFC on Fox 4 in August with a unanimous decision win. The judoka took some time off after going winless in 2011. “The Anvil” will now look to prove that he still has what it takes to compete in the UFC as he looks to take out one of the top dogs at featherweight.
UFC 157 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 23. The event is anchored by UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who will be making her debut against Liz Carmouche.