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How do you go from up-and-comer to contender? Beat a guy like Chad Mendes.
Fresh off his speedy technical knockout win over "Pato" last weekend at UFC 158 in Montreal, the fast-rising featherweight will step in for the injured Clay Guida to battle former division number one contender Chad Mendes at the upcoming UFC on FOX 7 event, scheduled for April 20, 2013 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
UFC brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
In addition to his victory over Carvalho, Elkins (16-2) has won five straight and stands at 6-1 since joining the ZUFFA roster in early 2010. Mendes (13-1), meanwhile, rebounded from his loss Jose Aldo last year in Brazil with consecutive knockout wins over Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza.
UFC on FOX 7 features a lightweight championship fight between Ben Henderson, looking to defend his world title against Strikeforce 155-pound title winner Gilbert Melendez in the Octagon debut for "El Nino," while another import, Daniel Cormier, will co-headline the event opposite former champion Frank Mir in a pivotal heavyweight showdown.