Found January 15, 2013 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
Benson Henderson of Glendale will defend his UFC Lightweight title against Gilbert Melendez on April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., in UFC on FOX 7.
Henderson has an 18-2 record and 6-0 in UFC competition, while Melendez (21-2) will be making his UFC debut.
Henderson will be the first UFC fighter to headline two UFC on FOX cards, after winning a unanimous decision over Nick Diaz at UFC on FOX 5 on Dec. 8 in Seattle.
I am beyond thrilled to be competing again on network TV for the UFC on FOX 7 card against Gilbert Melendez," Henderson said. "It's an honor to be put in this position by both the UFC and FOX executives, who are placing trust in me to be able to deliver another exciting fight on live TV. The fans can expect to see a lot of action from two fighters who have aggressive styles. It should be a fun night.
Gilbert Melendez is one of the toughest fighters on the planet. I've said over and over that I just want to fight the best in the world. I don't care in what order I face them, but I want to fight the best in the biggest fights. He has been the Strikeforce Lightweight champion, and is going to be real hungry in his first UFC fight.
Gilbert Melendez trains with Nick Diaz, so I'm sure there will be some strategy shared in his camp from my last fight. I don't concern myself with that, however. I will have my own game plan and it will be up to me to execute that. I can't worry about how he will plan to fight me, only on how I plan to fight him.
Henderon's manager, Malki Kalwa, said the choice of Henderson to headline a second FOX car is "a testament to his value to the UFC and as a fighter that is able to deliver on the big stage."
BEST OF MAXIM
El Niño will finally get his UFC title shot after years of being stuck on Strikeforce Island One of the recent subjects being discussed around the proverbial MMA campfire has been about a certain rumor. UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose could very well feature a title bout between 2-time defending Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and the final Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert...
UFC officials announced today that current UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will defend his title against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7. UFC on FOX 7 takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. The bout will serve as the main event for UFC on FOX 7. “I am [...]
After much talk, contracts, organizations being bought and sold mixed in with a couple injuries, Ben Henderson vs. the Cesar Gracie fight team part II is upon us. This time, it’s longtime Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, who is primed and ready to get an immediate title shot upon entering the UFC. The date is [...]
MMA fans will get their first real taste of Strikeforce vs. UFC fights this April…and it will be completely free. The UFC on FOX 7 broadcast will be headlined by two big fights featuring former Strikeforce champions making their UFC debuts.
UFC on FOX 7 now has an official main event. Benson Henderson will defend his lightweight belt against Gilbert Melendez, the last Strikeforce lightweight champ. Many fans have been waiting for that fight to go down and now they have a date, April 20th. Also added to that card will be the Strikeforce heavyweight GP [...]
Daniel Cormier (11-0 MMA, UFC Debut) will get his wish. Or at least one half of it. Following his obliteration of Dion Staring at 'Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine' the undefeated Strikeforce Heavyweight called out two fighters.
The first was Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC), a man whom he was originally supposed to take on under the Strikeforce banner last November...
Well, that didn’t take long. Just three days after Strikeforce closed its doors, the promotion’s two biggest male superstars have been issued their first UFC assignments.
If you’ve kept close tabs on the rumor mill, neither of the bouts should come as a surprise. As expected, now-former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) will get an immediate title...
Saturday night would be the final time we would see fighters don those famous red and blue Strikeforce 8 oz. gloves. Oklahoma City, not San Jose where the company was based and saw most of it's memorable moments, would be the setting for the final show in Strikeforce history.
While the promotion didn't exactly go out with a bang, it was a very stellar card from top to bottom...
UFC on Fox 7 has already pitted Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez against UFC Champion Benson Henderson. This should finally put to rest who the best 155lb fighter in the world is. Now, they have added Strikeforce Champion Daniel Cormier against HW Gatekeeper, Frank Mir. Cormier is trying to make statements and big fights, but Mir is likely to (as Joe Rogan likes to say...
Since only a handful of people actually tuned into 'Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine' this past Saturday night, SHOsports has decided to post this retrospective narrated by the great Mauro Ranallo. And it's worth checking out. Unfortunately, now all we have to look forward to is a bunch of #StrikeforceNeverDie posts on our Twitter timelines every time a former roster...