Is It Henderson versus Melendez at UFC on Fox 7?

Benson Henderson has recently signed his new contract at UFC and rumor has it that he is looking for his next opponent. The 29 year old lightweight champion from Glendale, Arizona, USA is being reported to defend his title from Strikeforce title –holder Gilbert Melendez.

There is already a date and an event for this match apparently it will take place at UFC on Fox 7 and  the date will be slated for April 20, 2013. Officials have already given a venue for this much-awaited event; it will be at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. To remember that it’s in this city and venue that Melendez has fought several times for his belt when he was still in Strikeforce.

Strikeforce has finally ended and most fighters have been absorbed by UFC. One of the most notable migrants is Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey who will fight Liz Carmouche on February 23 at UFC 157 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, USA. As fighters bid farewell to Strikeforce, Melendez is officially the company’s final lightweight champion.

Benson “Smooth” Henderson is UFC lightweight champion with an 18 win and 2 loss record. His last win was a phenomenal fight against Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5 headline fight via unanimous decision last December 2012. This win against Diaz was Henderson’s 6th consecutive win since August 2011 beating great fighters like Frankie Edgar (twice), Clay Guida, Jim Miller and Mark Bocek. He lost to Anthony Pettis in a headline fight at WEC 53 via unanimous decision in December 2010 and to Rocky Johnson way back in 2007 at Battlequest 5 – Avalanche when Henderson was just starting out his professional career.

Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez on the other hand is a lightweight champion with 21 wins and 2 losses. His last win was against Josh Thomson at Strikeforce – Barnett versus Cormier in May 2012 via split decision. This was his 7th consecutive win since 2009 beating impressive fighters like Rodrigo Damm, Josh Thomson (the first one was in 2009), Mitsuhiro IshidaShinya Aoki and so many more. Before this seven straight wins he lost to Josh Thomson in 2008 at a Strikeforce headline fight via unanimous decision.

A Benson Henderson versus Gilbert Melendez matchup is going to be the battle of the lightweights which will surely be a much-awaited fight by fans everywhere.

 

Pat Healey Looking for a Fight with Gilbert Mendez

After defeating Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision at the recent Strikeforce “Rockhold versus Kennedy”, Pat Healey is certain that he is ready to take on lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. And this decision does not mean that he is not entirely pleased with his recent victory over Hirota, he is just very confident about his training and with his abilities as a fighter.

Pat Healey was a guest at Sherdog Radio Network’s “Jordan Breen Show” and he made several comments about his confidence in his training and his skills. He mentions: “I think I got a little complacent in my training with my wrestling.” He added that he has been getting a lot of luck lately and this was one of the reasons for his recent wins. “I’ve had a lot of luck lately being able to dominate the wrestling and king of getting takedowns whenever I wanted. I think of my training, I kind of neglected working on it as much as I should have. If anything, that’s what hindered me in the fight.”

During the initial rounds of the fight, Hirota seemed to be poised as the winner because of his strength and takedowns that gave him several points. Healey was able to perform in the second and the following rounds and of course was able to take the win. There were some cries of foul play during the fight since there was a judge that returned a 30-27 scorecard for Healey. Pat Healey on the other hand mentioned: “I think that card was unfortunate I don’t really see how you – I think I’m pretty honest with myself and I don’t really see how you could score the fight 30-27.”

Now Healey is determined that Melendez is his next opponent. He gained confidence after beating Mizuto who was a champion in his country and in two different organizations. This means that he fights world class style. Definitely he finds that he is ready for Melendez more than ever before.

He added during his interview : “I think that’s the perfect story of my career, I’ve felt like very rarely I have ever had people believing in me, or even when I got into Strikeforce… I think that’s just the story of my career. It doesn’t really bother me what people think.” He mentions that believing in yourself is what matters most in any fight.

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