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Andre Gusmao vs Antonio Mendes UFC 93 fight in the works

Light heavyweights Andre Gusmao (5-1) and Antonio Mendes (15–3) will look to score their first wins inside the Octagon when the two clash at UFC 93 at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17, according to

Gusmao was undefeated until he locked horns with the up-and-comer Jon Jones at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in August, losing via unanimous decision in his debut for the promotion (and enduring some low blows that may or may not have been illegal).

Prior to joining the UFC, Gusmao competed in the International Fight League (IFL). In fact, his first round knockout win (knee) of Mike Ciesnolevicz sealed the victory for the Renzo Gracie-led New York Pitbulls at the 2007 Team Championship Final in September 2007.

Mendes, too, was on a nice run before he made his Octagon debut against Thiago Silva at UFC 84: "Ill Will" back in May. The Brazilian lost via submission (strikes) in the first round. Before the loss, Mendes was on an 11-fight win streak, competing primarily in his native Brazil and throughout Europe.

Rich "Ace" Franklin (24-3) and Dan "Hollywood" Henderson (23-7) -- two of the world’s most elite 205-pound fighters -- will headline UFC 93. Also featured is the return of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua as he takes on UFC pioneer Mark "The Hammer" Coleman.

To check out the latest UFC 93 fight card and rumors click here.

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