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UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez — Live Results and Commentary


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Tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, top-ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez will finally get his chance to prove himself in the Octagon — with Benson Henderson‘s belt on the line — while undefeated phenom Daniel Cormier will attempt to justify his own swelling hype in a heavyweight matchup with Frank Mir. Add in all the other UFC vs. Strikeforce matchups, and you basically have MMA’s version of the Sharks vs. the Jets, but with the dance steps replaced by middle fingers in your got-damn face. So will the latest batch of Strikeforce crossovers make the grade or will they go up in smoke?

Taking you through the action tonight is our good friend Elias Cepeda, who’s giving us round-by-round results from the UFC on FOX 7 main card broadcast after the jump beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and share your own thoughts in the comments section.

Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein

Rd 1

Matt Brown starts out feinting with the jab. Both men keep a respectful distance with one another. Jordan lands a standing elbow, Brown lands with two glancing punches, backing up Mein.

Brown pressing forward on Mein, hurting the kid. Mein shows good composure, slipping, ducking and circling away. Brown still follows, swinging wildly. Mein lands back with a right, then a left. Mein getes tagged, loses his balance and mouthpiece and falls. He is back up quickly.

Mein gets his mouth guard back in his mouth after referee John McCarthy stops the action. Brown gets back in Mein’s face with punches and a head kick. Most are dodged or blocked. Brown bleeding over his right eye. Brown with a right hand that hurts Mein. Mein waiting and swinging back once for every ten punches from Brown. Mein lands a big right hand!

Brown clinches up and lands several big knees to the body of Mein. Two minutes left in this wild fight. Mein lands a two punch combo. Mein lands a left to the liver of Brown and drops him!

Matt his face first on the floor in pain. Mein follows up with a choke attempt, then strikes on the ground. Brown is visibly pained and hurt from the body shot. He survives Mein’s onslaught of punches and elbows to the body and face on the ground. Brown slaps on a triangle choke!

Mein escapes! Brown with a knee to what looks to be Mein’s throat. He follows up with punches. Mein is hurt badly. Brown lands a nasty elbow to Mein’s head as the horn sounds.

Rd 2

Brown pushes forward again, lands a huge right hand, then a knee, then a right elbow. Mein falls to the ground. Brown looks for a front choke, lets it go. Mein is on his back, rolls up to all fours. Brown posts on Mein’s head and lands another pointed elbow to the kid’s head. He continues with elbows to the body. His onslaught continues until the referee calls it off.

Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson

Nate is the heavy crowd favorite here in this Bay area match up. Let’s get it on.

Rd 1

Nate trying to keep his distance with punches as Thomson gets to work with a lead roundhouse leg kick to compensate for his reach disadvantage. Josh switching his stances and keeping his head movement. Thomson punches Nate’s lead leg then goes high with a rear right head kick that lands flush on the side of Diaz’ dome!

Two minutes in, Nate begins the taunting and lands a long,lead left punch. Thomson fakes another leg punch and again goes high with a right head kick that lands flush again!

Thomson almost exclusively kicking. Thomson gets a clinch, Diaz forces Thomson against the cage. Diaz using his head until Thomson reverses positions and then separates. Thomson gets behind Diaz and unloads with punches to the back of Diaz’ head.

The two exchange punch flurries on the inside. Thomson moving calmly and looking to explode with his superior speed ont he ground. Diaz stalking. Thomson lands a big left and right punch, Diaz clinches up. With just over thirty seconds left, Thomson gets a take down and falls into Diaz’ full guard. Thomson gets busy right away, opening up the guard and landing elbows. Diaz turtles up and gets to his feet.

Rd 2

Diaz swarms with hooks and they clinch up. Diaz apparently lands a low knee to Thomson’s sack. He gets time to recover, doesn’t take much of it.

Diaz takes the center of the cage, taunting, while Thomson switches up his stance and initiates another clinch. Thomson works to the side of Diaz, pushing him against the cage, landing an elbow and knee. Diaz briefly reverses positions but Thomson takes control back and backs Diaz against the cage again.

Diaz separates. He is bleeding above his right eye. Nate lands a take down! Thomson sits up and cage walks back to his feet immediately. Diaz looks for a standing guillotine but Thomson gets out.

Diaz stalking in the center of the ring again, Thomson circling away from Diaz’ power. Thomson lands another right head kick! This one is full shin on head, as opposed to the first one which was all foot. This one hurt Diaz badly. He stumbles backwards, wobbly. Thomson lands a straight punch, then another that drops Nate.

Thomson jumps all over Diaz with punches and  finishes the fight. Wow.

Going low and then finishing high really paid off for Thomson this fight. What a return to the UFC for ‘The Punk.’

Frank Mir. Vs. Daniel Cormier

Rd 1

Mir with an old school Jiu Jitsu push kick. Cormier staying on the outside. Mir kicking a lot, all air, fora  guy facing an elite wrestler. Mir with a left knee to the body of Cormier. Cormier eats it and presses Mir against the clinch, using head position to control the much larger opponent.

Cormier with a front head lock into a knee. Cormier unloads with hooks that back up and hurt Mir. Cormier’s speed advantage is as evident as Mir’s size at this point. Cormier pressing Mir up against the cage, throwing in body shorts on separation, then clinching back up with a head and arm Thai plum type of control.

Cormier letting go of the clinch and lands more punches – upper cuts to the body and head. Cormier lands an elbow on separation and gets kneed accidentally in the groin. Referee Herb Dean doesn’t see it and they continue. Cormier gets the clinch again and presses Mir back up against the cage, unleashes another flurry.

Cormier swings and whiffs with a head kick and falls on his back. Mir pounces and goes for a front choke but Cormier stands and escapes. Mir says something to Cormier and smiles.

The horn sounds and Cormier touches gloves with Mir.

Rd 2 

Mir lands a tepid read round house leg kick. Cormier does a standing, jumping kick thing that misses Mir completely. Cormier clinches up with Mir again and presses him against the cage. He works some dirty close shots and uses up more of the clock without Mir being able to mount any offense. Smart game plan.

Cormier separates and then quickly clinches up again. Cormier presses Mir against the cage, mixing in a left elbow and a right upper cut to the gut. Cormier separates. Mir thinks to pull guard and a guillotine choke but Cormier gets away.

Cormier clinches up and pushes Mir against the cage again. He separates and lands a big right uppercut to the jaw of Mir. Mir wades in with punches that miss. Cormier counters with one-two that hurts Mir. Cormier follows up with a right body shot.

Herb Dean breaks up Cormier’s next clinch up just two seconds into it; allowing either the crowd or misguided Athletic Commission mandates from above.

Rd 3

Mir comes out aggressive, gets Cormier against the cage but Cormier regains control and presses him against the cage. Mir gets free and comes back aggressively with kicks and knees, giving Cormier pause. Cormier looks stunned from the body shots but still gets control back and presses against the fence.

Mir gets free but Cormier slips under and behind and unloads with hooks. Cormier gets the clinch back and presses Mir against the cage again. Dean breaks them up.

Both men are justifiably fatigued and circle each other for a while. Cormier gets the clinch and gets a single leg take down. He does not follow the dangerous submission artist to the floor, choosing instead to stand up and let Mir back to his feet. Once Mir is back on his feet, Cormier throws a big over hand right.

Cormier gets the clinch again, working short shots. He slips under Frank’s left arm and gets to the back but Dean breaks them up again.

The two clinch up again and the fight ends there.

Decision time up next. Cormier wins a unanimous decision.

Cormier adds another former UFC heavyweight champion to his list of victories. Will he continue  to campaign at heavyweight, where his friend and training partner Cain Velasquez is champion? Or will the guy with the welterweight height decide to drop down and dethrone Chael Sonnen as light heavyweight champion?

The main event up next, taters!

Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez

Rd 1

Henderson begins the fight bouncing around, moving his head in his south paw stance. Gilbert lands a leg kick to Henderson’s lead leg. Melendez with a left hook, leg kick combo. The kick landed. Henderson lands a straight left.

Gilbert catches a kick from Benson and takes him down. Gilbert presses down, goes into Henderson’s guard. Bendo backs up on his but towards the cage and ultimately cage walks back up to his feet. As soon as he does, Melendez lands a knee to the head.

Henderson swings and misses with a jab-hook combo. Henderson throws another leg kick that Gilbert catches. He tries to take Henderson down again but Benson hops backwards and defends. As his back touches the cage, Gilbert lets loose a fling knee to the body.

Both are back in the center of the ring, shortly. Gilbert with another, missed-hook-leg kick landing combo. Henderson lands a knee to the body of Gilbert, Gilbert catches it and takes Henderson down. He follows up with a flying knee to the body of the downed Henderson! Henderson gets back to his feet.

Gilbert catches another leg kick from Henderson, fires a straight right down the pipe while holding the right leg and takes Henderson down again at the horn.

Rd 2

Benson comes out feinting a lot with his jab and hook. Gilbert lands with another leg kick after a left hook feint and follows with an over hand right that also lands. Gilbert catches another kick from Henderson but can’t take him down. Melendez follows up with more punches that back up and glance Henderson.

Another left hook feint into leg kick landed for Gilbert. Benson with a knee to the body landed. Benson initiates a clinch but Gilbert pushes away. Benson lands another knee to the body but Gilbert catches it afterwards. Henderson defends the ensuing take down attempt, however.

Henderson with a lead jab to the leg of Melendez. Nice straight two-one from Henderson that glances Melendez. Henderson with a head kick that glances on Melendez.

Henderson shoots for a double on Gilbert, who defends. Gilbert with another leg kick landed.

The two bounce around and measure one another until the horn. Gilbert may have stolen another round from the champion.

Rd 3

Night two-one punch combo from Henderson off the bat! Melendez fires right back and lands with a cross! Melendez with another landed inside leg kick off of the hook feint.

Henderson lowers his rear round house leg kick and knocks Gilbert down with it! Gilbert right back on his feet. Melendez connects with a right hand and stuns Henderson. Another right hand from Melendez!

Henderson gets off of the fence, fires a two-punch combo and then shoots for a double. He presses Gilbert against the cage, working for the double. Gilbert gets down to one knee but stands back up. They are standing and clinching, the champ with knees, Melendez with punches on separation.

Henderson comes up short on a front face kick. Henderson fires a straight, Melendez hooks and misses, Henderson ducks under and shoots for a double but is completely stuffed by Melendez! Henderson is on his ass but gets right back.

The two fire away at each other up along the fence after separating from a nasty clinch with Henderson working under hooks and Melendez pressing down on the champ’s face. Melendez lands a punch to the body.

With a few seconds left in the round, Henderson throws a leg kick that knocks both he and Melendez down. Henderson is quicker to his feet and cross-sides Melendez. The champ senses time running out and unloads with strikes on Melendez.

Time runs out and the champion is still punching! The ref lifts Henderson up and away from Melendez!

Rd 4

Both men get a warning for head butts. Melendez fires a straight, Henderson ducks under and shoots. Gilbert stuffs it.

Henderson lands a body kick, Gilbert catches it. The champ gets free. He throws a knee to the body, Gilbert catches it but again the champ gets free. Henderson with a slapping leg kick.

Another kick from Henderson, a body knee from the challenger. Gilbert sprawls out on a take down attempt and Henderson hustles up to his feet and swarms Gilbert with punches, none landing big.

Lead side kick to Gilbert’s leg from the champ. Another. Both men go for a leg kick, Henderson’s lands flusher and knocks Melendez down. Henderson jumps on him in a flash and takes his back with no hooks in!

Melendez defends the choke, stands and gets free. Gilbert stalks the champ and feints with jabs. Gilbert lands a hook to the body, then an upper cut to the body. He catches a kick from Henderson but the champ gets free. On separation, the champ lands a right hand.

Rd 5

Henderson takes the center of the cage and throws a body kick that Gilbert catches and releases. Rogan points out that Gilbert’s right shoulder looks jacked…is it the shoulder he was out injured with? I can’t remember. Regardless, he fights on.

Big over hand right lands for Gilbert. Benson circles away. Both men feinting, waiting to explode. Three minutes left.

Inside leg kick from the champ, then another after a short left elbow lands. Gilbert stalking Henderson but not able to land anything. Another short elbow from Henderson.

Henderson not landing much, but landing more in this round. Countering with speed and precision on occasion on his stalking challenger. Gilbert catches another knee from Henderson and follows up with a punch.

He stalks Henderson after the champ gets away and lands a flying knee to the body of the champ as he’s pressed against the cage. Henderson circling away, ducking under as Gilbert continues to stalk him. The crowd roars with under a minute left. Gilbert lands a left hook to the head of Henderson. Henderson with another elbow. Melendez with a body shot.

Melendez ends the final round appearing to have evened up the strike score in the stanza and as the man that pushed the action most of the period and fight. Horn sounds. Decision coming up next.

48-47 Melendez. 48-47 Henderson. The tie-breaking judge scores it 48-47 for Benson Henderson.

The defending champion stays undefeated and immediately deflects attention from any possible controversy by proposing to his girl friend. Who, despite thousands of booing fans surrounding them, says yes.

“It was a tough fight…I know how tough Gilbert Melendez is…I love those guys, the Skrap Pack. They bring it every single time,” the champion tells Rogan.

Thanks for partying with us, nation. What do you think of the decision? I think Gilbert clearly won the first two rounds and probably closed rounds three and/or five strong enough to get one more round and earn the win.

Chael Sonnen says that he feels Gilbert won the first three rounds and so does Brian Stann. So, there’s that.

 

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dipsetkilla316- April 21, 2013 at 10:03 am
@nippletwist yea Melendez showed use who the best lightweight is ... Ben. Watch the fight again, but first get your head out of your ass, because I think think that's y u scored the fight for Gil. Fake belt hahahah the only fake belt was melendez's strikeforce belt, prancing around like Thompson didn't beat his bitch ass in that Last fight. Lol Melendez fans need to watch this fight again It was MOTHER RAZOR EDGE CLOSE. Though I agree I was close ben took round 2,3,and 5.
Madson- April 21, 2013 at 7:02 am
Bendo/melendez was a close one. But I picked Bendo for the decision. Because Bendo wins decision, this is his special power as a martial artist. Black belt in too close for comfort decision winning.

Congrats to the Champ and his Koala's hugging fiancee under the booing of thousand angry fans !At least, it was unique !

Thanks to Dana White to not set a rematch. Title rematch are stopping the evolution of this division since the Edgar short era. I agree with Megustav, Bendo is not able to score a decisive decision til the beginning of his title holding.

I hoped more from Mir but i'm happy with the Cormier's fight. He did very well against a dangerous veteran.

A special thought about Sonnen. This man will face a very difficult opponent in few days and he was doing some post fight analysis at Fox. What a pro.

Also, the Skrap pack team dropping the towel in the diaz's fight was pretty dramatic. Those guys are beloved by the fans, it's sad they could put greater performances outside and inside the cage.

Maynard, Showtime, Alvarez and the Punk can now line up for the light weight title !

Casa de los pantelones- April 21, 2013 at 6:46 am
Melendez lost that fair and square. I think he took rounds 1 and 2, looked real good and sharp, but 3-5 were henderson. You have to beat the champion, and henderson looked so fresh after the fight he could have gone 15 more rounds no problem. Mendes showed how to finish a fight...henderson and melendez do not possess that killer instinct, they just stand and trade like boxers.
JayJitsu310- April 21, 2013 at 6:24 am
Man, the real robbery was in the Larkin/Carmont fight.
Alan K- April 21, 2013 at 6:22 am
It was a close fight. Could have gone either way. Don't pretend like Ben or Gil was clearly better than the other.
Nippletwist- April 21, 2013 at 3:46 am
O wut a bad decision in the UFC???O wut a surprise.

melendez showed us who the best lightweight in the world is. i guess bendo can keep his fake belt or whatever, but the truth was there to see tonight.
Pen Fifteen- April 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm
Megustav, your point is well-taken. I didn't see the second Edgar fight, which I heard was probably a bad decision. But his other 5 fights have all been pretty clear cut to me. Yes, I'd love it if he finished someone, but he's not even close to GSP territory in terms of not attempting to finish. It's hard for me see an to arguement that Melendez won when he landed fewer strikes, was more fucked up (Stockton rules), in more bad positions, etc.
megustav- April 21, 2013 at 2:49 am
It's tough to call but a lot of people (including Sonnen and Stann) thought Gilbert won more rounds. Oh man at least with GSP's fights we're not left discussing who actually won since GSP's lay and pray makes it pretty clear he won (in the least impressive fashion), so in that sense I respect Bendo a lot more for showing how versatile he can be.
megustav- April 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm
@ Pen Fifteen I actually forgot about that fight. Touché. However both his fights with Frankie were indecisive and now the same has happened tonight. Forget about his fight with Diaz, I'm talking about actual high calibre fighters that deserve to be called contenders/Champions. Watch what happens when he faces the winner of Grant/Maynard. Same sh*t.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Stats? Who cares about stats? I had a strong feeling, deep in my gut, that Melendez had turned the fight back in his favor. Isn't that enough?

I guess maybe it could have been gas...
Pen Fifteen- April 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm
And megustav, I guess you found Bendo's straight up asswhooping of Nate Diaz to be indecisive?
megustav- April 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm
decision, decision, decision, decision, decision, etc
Pen Fifteen- April 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm
And for the record, Jake Shields has to be the worst cornerman ever. Did his advice amount to anything other than "c'mon bro, you've got this fight in the bag!"?
Pen Fifteen- April 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm
Check it out, nerds: Fightmetric has stats up already. They have 3 rounds too close to call, with 3 and 4 for Bendo. Holistically, Bendo wins. http://blog.fightmetric.com/2013/04/henderson-vs-melendez-official-ufc.html
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm
I'm with you Dano. 1-2-5 Melendez. I guess if you pray to Jesus God gifts you decisions.
megustav- April 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm
This champ just can't pull off a decisive victory. Every single time there's controversy.
Anyways, Gil was robbed.
samclark- April 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm
Not sure if serious or retarded. Did you see his last fight?
Kimbos Bread- April 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Thank god! Can't stand that Beyonder looking Latino prick.
Lex Talionis- April 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm
would be close for a non title fight but i don't think he did enough to earn the belt by decision
Anhonestmoose- April 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm
Looking like Smooth probably pulled this one off. Close though.
danomite- April 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm
I had Gil winning 1,2,5
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm
Permed fro championship of the world. Who's hair will reign victorious?
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm
Henderson grinding him down.
Anhonestmoose- April 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Close, I'm not sure how to score that 3rd round.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Need... more... KO's...
Anhonestmoose- April 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Looking like Gil could take this one
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