Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz scheduled for UFC on Fox 9

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The featherweight division now has a pivotal match-up in the works.

Following four straight finishes, Chad Mendes will face off against a fighter undefeated at 145 pounds, Nik Lentz, at UFC on Fox 9 on Dec. 14 in Sacramento, Calif.

The featherweight bout is currently agreed to, according to a report from, and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly. UFC officials later confirmed the report.

Mendes, a one-time No. 1 contender to the featherweight title, has finished his last four opponents by either knockout or technical knockout. The four wins came immediately following the only defeat in his professional career, a knockout loss to division champ Jose Aldo at UFC 142 in January 2012.

Lentz was last seen earning a unanimous decision over Hacran Dias at UFC on Fox 8 this past May. The win was his third in a row since dropping a weight class from lightweight last year.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place in Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena and is headlined by a lightweight title bout between new champion Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson.

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