The UFC announced today that Cody McKenzie is headed south to featherweight and that Chad Mendes will serve as his welcoming committee.
The two will do battle at the UFC 148 event, which is scheduled to take place on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
McKenzie (13-2) drops to featherweight after submitting Marcus LeVesseur in his most recent appearance, which came at UFC on Fuel TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier earlier this week. In his four UFC appearances at lightweight, McKenzie has sandwiched two submission losses between two submission victories. The 24-year-old was a quarter-finalist on the twelfth installment of The Ultimate Fighter.
Mendes (11-1) will be looking to rebound from his first professional loss when he takes on McKenzie. The 27-year-old Team Alpha Male product is coming off of a knockout loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo that he suffered at UFC 142 earlier this year.