Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 4/20/13
Gilbert Melendez’s long awaited big league debut is just hours away. Unfortunately for “El Niño,” reigning UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson (pictured) is expected to rain on his parade. Henderson is pegged as a 3-to-1 odds-on favorite to retain his title tonight at UFC on FOX 7. Melendez, meanwhile, checks in as a -220 underdog for the biggest fight of his life. HP Pavilion in San Jose, California hosts tonight’s festivities. Here are tonight’s wagering lines (Courtesy of BetUS): Favorites (-) Underdogs (+) Preliminary Card: Yoel Romero Palacio -155 Clifford Starks +125 Roger Bowling +145 Anthony Njokuani -175 Hugo Viana +250 TJ Dillashaw -350 Tim Means +115 Jorge Masvidal -145 Darren Uyenoyama +375 Joseph Benavidez -550 Ramsey Nijem +200 Myles Jury -260 Lorenz Larkin +110 Francis Carmont -140 Darren Elkins +450 Chad Mendes -700 Main Card: Matt Brown +220 Jordan Mein -340 Josh Thomson +155 Nate Diaz -190 Frank Mir +325 Daniel Cormier -425 Gilbert Melendez +220 Benson Henderson -300
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