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Chad Mendes to fight Yaotzin Meza

Updated: December 10, 2012, 2:30 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

With fast-rising Hacran Dias unable to compete due to injury, UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes will face Yaotzin Meza on Friday in Gold Coast, Australia.

Meza will be making his UFC debut. He has a professional record of 20-7.

"This is a huge opportunity for me," Meza said. "I am thankful that the UFC is opening this door. I can't wait to get to Australia, step in the Octagon and show that I belong in this organization.

"I've been training hard already, helping (UFC lightweight ...

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