Antonio Mendes

Video: Schafer Discusses Fight With Mendes

In the above video, Eric Schafer discusses his upcoming light heavyweight bout against Antonio Mendes at tomorrow’s UFC 93 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Mendes-Gusmao Possible for UFC in Ireland


Andre Gusmao. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes will reportedly return to action at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event on January 17 in Dublin, Ireland, which will most likely serve as UFC 93, according to Tatame.com.

Although he gave Thiago Silva trouble early on at his UFC debut at UFC 84 in May, Mendes eventually fell to Silva, tapping out due to strikes at 2:24 of the first round. Prior to the bout, Mendes had gone on an eleven-fight winning streak.

Mendes could possibly take on Andre Gusmao at the UFC’s first overseas event of the new year. Gusmao was also defeated in his UFC debut, dropping an unanimosu decision to fellow newcomer Jon Jones at UFC 87 in August.

UFC Announces Three Bouts for “Ill Will”


Thiago Silva weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional bouts for the the organization’s return to Las Vegas on May 24th for UFC 84: Ill Will.

The promotion confirmed the already-rumored fights on their official website.

UFC 84 will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk. Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will also go up against an undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be Ortiz’s last with the UFC.

Former PRIDE standouts Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura will return to action against each other at the event.

After busting onto the scene with two huge upsets over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in consecutive fights, Sokoudjou was defeated in his UFC debut, submitting to Ryoto Machida at UFC 79: Nemesis in December. Similar to his opponent, Nakamura also lost his debut to Machida as well. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana.

After being originally scheduled to face Rashad Evans, who was tapped to fill in as an injury replacement against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in June, Thiago Silva will now take on Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes.

Silva has won his first three fights inside the Octagon and remains undefeated in his professional career. Mendes, who will be making his debut inside the UFC, is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that stretches all the way back to October 2004.

Light heavyweight contender Wilson Gouveia will attempt to continue his winning ways when he takes on international prospect Goran Reljic.

Gouveia is currently riding a four-fight UFC winning streak. The American Top Team product recently pulled off a huge knockout win over veteran Jason Lambert. Reljic has not lost yet in his professional career. He last earned a unanimous decision over Waldemar Golinski at a Boxing Explosion event this past August.

Report: Silva Gets Mendes as Replacement


Thiago Silva weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC light heavyweight contender Thiago Silva will now reportedly take on Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes at UFC 84: Ill Will on May 24th.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog‘s Greg Savage.

The event will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk.

Silva was originally scheduled to face the heavyweight winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter in Rashad Evans but Evans was tapped to fill in as an injury replacement against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in June.

He has won his first three fights inside the Octagon and remains undefeated in his professional career. Silva’s last fight was a stoppage victory over Houston Alexander two months ago. Reports have been circulating that Silva has chosen to train with American Top Team for this fight instead of his usual Chute Boxe home.

Mendes, who will be making his debut inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that stretches all the way back to October 2004. The Fortaleza, Brazil native last defeated Kiril Sidelnikov by doctor’s stoppage at an M-1 event last summer.