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UFC on FOX 7: Main Fight Card Preview

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Previewing the UFC on FOX 7 Fight Card

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The UFC crowne the 17th Ultimate Fighter last Saturday night during TUF 17 on the FX Network. The finale featured Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum, with the ladder taking the title in what some called an upset. Additionally, Urijah Faber was victorious over his friend Scott Jorgensen during the TUF 17 main event at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Next in the MMA world, Lightweight champion Ben Henderson and the UFC make their return to the FOX Network on Saturday night, as Henderson looks to defend his title against Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

The UFC on FOX 7 main card features a number of great bouts, which will provide the outstanding buildup to the main event, Henderson vs Melendez, deciding who is the best 155-pounder in the world.

In addition to Henderson vs Melendez on the main card is Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier. He takes on former UFC champion Frank Mir, while Strikeforce title holder Josh Thompson will fight The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz and Matt Brown meets Jordan Mein.

With the amount of former Strikeforce fighters taking on UFC fighters, you could call UFC on FOX 7, 'UFC vs Strikeforce.'

The event will start at 4:00 p.m. with two bouts broadcasted on YouTube and Facebook, six additional fights on FX at 5:00 p.m. and the main card will start at 8:00 p.m. on FOX (all times Eastern).

Take a look at the stacked main card, culminating in a title bout as the main event between Henderson and Melendez on FOX.

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Middleweight: Carmont vs Larkin

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The main card will begin with Francis Carmont taking on Lorenz Larkin in a middleweight bout.

Carmont comes into Saturday night with a 20-7-0 record, winning his last nine fights and his first four fights in the UFC. He has submitted 10 of his opponents, knocked out six and gone the distance for four wins.

Larkin enters his first fight in the UFC with a 13-0-0 undefeated record, including winning his five fights in Strikeforce.

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Welterweight: Brown vs Mein

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Matt Brown will square off against Jordan Mein in a welterweight bout as the second fight on the main card at UFC on FOX 7.

Brown enters the fight with a 16-11-0 record, winning his last four UFC fights after struggling for a bit. Before his four-win streak, the 32-year-old was 1-4 over a five-fight span. During his career, he has knocked out nine, submitted five and won two fights via judges decision.

Mein will make his second appearance in the UFC on Saturday night, after a win over Dan Miller at UFC 158. During his career, the 23-year-old is 27-8-0, including 15 wins by knockout.

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Lightweight: Diaz vs Thomson

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In his return to the octagon after a disappointing loss to Ben Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC on FOX 5, Nate Diaz looks to climb back to the top and aims for another shot at the belt.

Diaz enters UFC on FOX 7 with a 16-8-0 record, including 11 wins by submission. The 28-year-old has a real shot of winning submission of the night on Saturday.

In Diaz’ way is Josh Thomson, a former Strikeforce fighter who holds a 19-5-0 professional winner. However, Thomson is coming off a loss last May to lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez.

Both fighters are coming off tough losses against the two fighting for the lightweight title and are looking to get back on the right track, a chance at the lightweight belt.

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Heavyweight: Mir vs Cormier

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In the main event’s only heavyweight bout, Frank Mir faces Daniel Cormier in the ladder’s debut in the UFC octagon.

Mir is coming off a loss to Junior dos Santos in May of last year and is looking to play spoiler in the debut of Cormier. Mir enters Saturday night with a 16-6-0 record, including nine wins by submissions.

Cormier enters UFC on FOX 7 with an undefeated 11-0-0 record, including five wins by knockout. The 34-year-old will look for his first UFC victory and stay undefeated as a professional.

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Lightweight Title Bout: Henderson vs Melendez

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As Bruce Buffer will say on Saturday night, “it’s time” for the main event.

Benson Henderson looks to defend his lightweight belt for the fourth time on Saturday as he battles against newcomer-to-the-octagon Gilbert Melendez.

Henderson enters his fight on a six-fight win streak and holds a professional record of 18-2-0, including eight wins by submission and eight by judges score card. The 29-year-old has successfully defended his belt three straight times and looks to make it four.

Melendez is making his debut in the octagon after fight in Strikeforce. The contender holds a professional record of 21-2-0, including a seven-fight wins streak. The 31-year-old has knocked out 11 fighters, while going the distance in nine wins, which states he will knock you out or fight all the way.

Tune in on Saturday night to see if Henderson can defend his belt or if there is a new lightweight champion in the UFC.