Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 11/12/14

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 Melendez. Well, it's happening folks.

Yahoo! Sports broke the news earlier today that the April 20th event will indeed feature this Champion vs. Champion bout. This will be the second UFC on FOX headlining stint for Benson Henderson, who recently signed a well earned brand new eight-fight deal coming off his career defining 2012 campaign. For Melendez, the challenger, it'll be his first appearance as a UFC fighter. Henderson brings a six-fight win streak into the cage while Melendez will be bringing a seven-fight win streak into his UFC debut, all of them being title bouts. As a matter of fact Melendez hasn't competed in a non-title bout since his first loss against Mitsuhiro Ishida back in 2007. 

Let's take a look at some more numbers in regards to this Champion vs. Champion clash. 

The Records:

Benson Henderson (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC)

Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, UFC Debut)

Record in Title Fights:

Henderson (6-1)

Melendez (10-1)

Key Victims: 

Henderson - Edgar x 2, Guida, Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, Cerrone x 2, Varner, Bocek

Melendez - Thomson x 2, Guida, Aoki, Kawajiri x 2, Masvidal, Takaya 

Sig. Strikes in Last 5 Fights:  Henderson: 380 of 850 44.7%

Melendez: 400 of 1271 31.4%

Takedowns in Last 5 Fights:

Henderson:  18 of 28 64.2%

Melendez: 7 of 17 41.1%

stats via fightmetric

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