Augusto Mendes was undefeated when he stepped up on late notice to fight Cody Garbrandt at UFC Fight Night 83. He would leave the octagon with a loss that night. Mendes, who will be fighting Frankie Saenz on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 103, could get cut with a loss, something he’s not to concerned about.
“I don’t worry about what the UFC may choose to do,” he said to MMA Junkie. “If they let one of us go, that’s their prerogative. I’ll show up to do my job. If I win or if I lose, that’s fine. The UFC can decide if they want to keep me. I’m showing up to win.”
Mendes hasn’t competed since the aforementioned loss to Garbrandt, because the fighter underwent knee surgery.
“I had knee surgery three months or so after my last fight,” he said. “I tore my ACL. It required reconstruction. It’s the same procedure Dominick Cruz had done twice. I couldn’t train for more than six months. My upcoming fight will be exactly eight months after my surgery. I was idle for six months and training for two.”
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place on Sunday, January 15 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Yair Rodriguez and BJ Penn headlining.