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UFC on Fox 7: Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez Booked

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

UFC on Fox 7 is expected to be headlined by Ben Henderson and Gilbert Melendez.  Both fighters will be looking to make history, and fans will finally be able to see who the best lightweight in mixed martial arts is.  This news comes via Yahoo! Sports and MMA Fighting.com.

This will be Gilbert’s first fight under the UFC banner and he has a tough test ahead of him as Ben Henderson is one of the most athletic guys right now in the lightweight division.  Former Strikeforce champion Gilbert is on a seven fight winning streak over some top competition in Josh Thomson, Jorge Masvidal and Shinya Aoki.  Ben Henderson will be Gil’s toughest challenge to date, but many feel his wrestling and cardio matches up quite nicely with the current UFC champion.

Ben will be coming into this fight off a dominant win over Nate Diaz, who is Gil’s training partner and friend at the Cesar Gracie Academy.  This will be Ben’s second title defense, and he is adamant about proving that he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA right now.  Henderson is one of the best wrestlers in the division and his submission defense is an impressive thing to watch.

This fight should do well in terms of viewers because it will be on free television.  Also, the UFC is going to promote is as champion vs. champion, so both fighters have the chance to enhance their MMA resumes.  So who is the best lightweight in the world?  Fans can found out at UFC on Fox 7, which takes place on April 20, 2013.

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