Two great featherweights are set to collide at UFC on FX 6 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia, on Dec. 14, 2012:
Hacran Dias, a highly regarded Brazilian prospect coming out of Nova Uniao, is booked to battle Chad Mendes, a former title challenger to Dias' teammate and current champion, Jose Aldo. "Money" tweeted the news earlier today:
"It's official like a referee whistle! I'm fighting hacran Diaz dec 15 in Australia!"
Dias (21-1-1, 1-0 UFC) made a successful Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut in June 2012, earning a decision win over the highly regarded Yuri Alcantara and, in the process, snapping Alcantara's 13-fight win streak. While the fight itself wasn't all that exciting, we saw Dias stifle all of Alcantara's offense while doing well positionally on the ground. Dias has 12 finishes to his name, most of which come by submission. His only loss came more than three years ago, and since then he has put together an impressive nine fight win streak.
In only his second UFC fight, Dias will face a very skilled opponent and he'll look to make a name for himself with a win over Chad Mendes.
Mendes (12-1, 3-1 UFC) is a standout of Urijah Faber's well-regarded Team Alpha Male, which produces many of the top lighter-weight fighters in the sport. He boasts a very strong wrestling game, as well as some tight boxing and occasional flare, like his jumping somersault into Rani Yahya's guard at UFC 133. Mendes is only one fight removed from being dismantled by UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, at UFC 142. He is coming off of a quick technical knockout victory against a completely overmatched Cody McKenzie, demonstrating that Mendes won't be losing to anyone but the cream of the crop.
Against Dias, he is a very good challenge, and will serve as a significant step up for the Brazilian prospect.