Chad Mendes to face Hacran Dias

Updated: October 2, 2012, 10:33 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes looks for his second victory in a row Dec. 15 when he faces Hacran Dias in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Mendes confirmed the fight Monday on Twitter.

"It's official like a referee whistle!" Mendes tweeted. "I'm fighting Hacran Dias Dec. 15 in Australia."

Mendes steps in the Octagon for the second time since suffering a first-round knockout on Jan. 14 to 145-pound champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142.

It was the first time Mendes lost a mixed martial arts fight in his 13-bout professional career.

He rebounded from that setback on July 7 with an impressive first-round knockout of Cody McKenzie.

The announcement of the fight against Dias comes a little more than a month since Mendes was hit with a battery charge by the Kings County (Calif.) District Attorney's Office.

The charge, which was handed down Aug. 24, stems from an alleged physical altercation involving Mendes on July 29 at a Hanford, Calif., bar. Mendes is a resident of Hanford.

Dias (21-1-1) made his UFC debut on June 23 with a unanimous decision over Yuri Alcantara.

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