Mendez is a promotional newcomer coming in against someone the UFC has some hopes for as a prospect. It’s relatively low pressure, as this isn’t a major card but it is in Brazil and in Sarafian’s backyard.
Fight breakdown: This is as basic it gets: striker vs. grappler. Neither guy is special in their respective strength but both are in that awkward building phase as prospects. We don’t know their ceiling in terms of talent but they’ll dance with the partner that brought them to the UFC in the first place.