Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez, Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir Added to UFC on FOX 7
By FCF Staff
As expected would be the case, Strikeforce stars Gilbert Melendez and Daniel Cormier have been awarded high profile bouts for their Octagon debuts, as the UFC has confirmed both men will compete at the upcoming April 20th, UFC on FOX card. Melendez will challenger lightweight champion Benson Henderson, while Cormier will battle former heavyweight champ Frank Mir.
Melendez (21-2) moves to the UFC having won seven straight fights and the Strikeforce lightweight champ is coming off a split decision win over Josh Thomson in May.
Henderson (18-2), on the other hand, has won six straight fights since joining the UFC and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Diaz in December.
Cormier (11-0) competed at Strikeforce’s final event this weekend and stopped Dion Staring in the second round. The fast rising heavyweight was scheduled to fight Frank Mir under the Strikeforce banner previously, but injuries postponed the bout.
Mir (16-6) hasn’t fought since May when he was stopped by former champion Junior dos Santos in round two.
The UFC on FOX 7 card will be hosted by San Jose’s HP Pavilion and will be broadcast on FOX.