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Ben Henderson to Defend Lightweight Title Against Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7 in April

(Photo via Esther Lin for Strikeforce)

Update: The booking has been confirmed.

According to a new report from MMAFighting that cites “sources with knowledge of the situation,” reigning UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will attempt to make his third title-defense against longtime Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7, which is slated to go down April 20th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Henderson is coming off arguably the most impressive win of his career, dominating Gilbert’s homey Nate Diaz for five rounds in their meeting last month at UFC on FOX 5. It was the sixth-consecutive win for “Smooth” since he migrated to the UFC from the WEC, though Henderson has yet to score a stoppage victory in the Octagon. That’s not likely to change against Melendez, who has never been knocked out or submitted in 23 professional fights.

Melendez picked up his seventh-straight win in May 2012, winning a split-decision in a rubber match against Josh Thompson. Since then, the Cesar Gracie product has been sidelined by injury after injury. And though we were skeptical of Melendez’s latest withdrawal — the Cesar Gracie fighter had much more to lose from a fight against Pat Healy at Strikeforce’s final event than he stood to gain, and may have acted accordingly — it’s clear that his devious plan worked.

But before you go booking your travel plans, MMAFighting adds this caveat:

According to sources, there are still potential roadblocks to the Henderson vs. Melendez that could force the organization to take a different path, but that matchup is the organization’s intended direction.

If the fight goes through, it will be Melendez’s ninth appearance at the HP Pavilion, where he often competed for Strikeforce events. So, is Melendez really an elite-level lightweight, capable of becoming the UFC lightweight champion, or did it he just seem elite-level when he was tearing through the best opponents that Strikeforce could dig up for him? In other words, Bendo vs. Niño: Who ya got?

No other fights for UFC on FOX 7 has been officially confirmed yet, although Daniel Cormier has already reserved his spot on the card against Frank Mir.

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dipsetkilla316- January 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Great comeback
ArmFarmer- January 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm
dipsetkilla316- January 15, 2013 at 10:32 am
Lick them off sorry
dipsetkilla316- January 15, 2013 at 10:30 am
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dipsetkilla316- January 15, 2013 at 10:20 am
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dipsetkilla316- January 15, 2013 at 10:13 am
And 12ozqueer just follows swinging from 1 ball sack to the other
dipsetkilla316- January 15, 2013 at 10:11 am
Gayseco I shited on u so many times u should just keep ur mouth shut at this point. Sorry I dont take my time writing a fucking post on an mma web site. Have fun with ur gay little grammer class. Mr mis w/e y don't u get a life u sit on this site all day for the last strikeforce card live results and commentary half of the posts r urs shit 60% of the comments on CP is from mr misw/e. get a life man
Canseco_MMA- January 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Dipset is fucking retarded.
The12ozCurls- January 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm
We here at CP prefer to use the tern FUCK-TARD.
It is less to type.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm
C'mon bro. It's kind of fun, like sorting out a rebus or deciphering the Zodiac Killer's letters.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm
They say the highest level of mastery of the English language is when you start inventing your own vocabulary.
dipsetkilla316- January 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Plus bro I never even read ur post u have nothing to say u just troll
dipsetkilla316- January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm
Armfarmer wats hard to understand that I don't like the guy and I want him to loss maybe it's not me maybe ur just to stupid to learn how to read
Alan K- January 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm
teep- January 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm
Is the toothpick in the contract? This is my only question.
The12ozCurls- January 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm
Between Gil and Nick - something tells me that there is going to be 10 rounds of domination by the UFC champions. And both Bendo & GSP will win in very similar fashion. It is not gonna be a good year for the Skrap Pack.
ArmFarmer- January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Every time I read a dipset post..

The12ozCurls- January 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm
Is that Jackie Chan?
El Guapo- January 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm
It's Bruce Lee, BTW. No need to thank me, schooling you was thanks enough.
El Guapo- January 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm
Oh, right, since all Asians look alike that MUST be Jackie Chan.
The12ozCurls- January 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm
You are racist
dipsetkilla316- January 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm
I CAN'T FUUCKING WAIT TILL BEN SMASHS HIS FUCKING FACE IN!!! And then I will never have to hear his bitch ass complain about the compation in strikeforce, and talk about how he's the best lightweight. Bad move Gil should have taken a fight before that now he's coming off an injury, and been out for a while. Also the pressure of first ufc fight he's gonna get hurt bad, and he's not gonna fucking no wat hit him, I will its gonna be bens str8 coming down on his ugly face .
Fried Taco- January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm
SnakeJake- January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm
Is that jizz dripping down the front of his shirt?
knucklesamitch- January 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm
What about UFC "intention" to offer Eddie Alvarez a lightweight title shot in April? LOL.
algiersheadkick504- January 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Bendo by kicking and wrestling a decision