UFC on Fox 7 Preview

ufc-on-fox-7The UFC is the premier MMA organization in the world as it has the best fighters in the world and the biggest fights in the world. They have constantly remained the best by recruiting the top talent throughout the world. Another strategy the UFC uses to continue to remain on top of the MMA world is to take out their competition. When the UFC began their meteoric rise through the sports world there were a number of big MMA organizations that they had to get through. One of these was the Pride Fighting Championship that had a stranglehold in Asia and was a large part in the growth of MMA around the world. The UFC began to grow bigger and they would grow enough to buy Pride FC and eventually disband the promotion. They would take the best fighters from Pride and bring them to UFC bringing some of the biggest names in the sport to the UFC. As the UFC continued to grow they would purchase their next biggest competitors in the WEC. They would do the same with the WEC that they did with Pride as they would disband the promotion and bring their best fighters to the UFC. The same fate would hit Strikeforce albeit in a much longer process. Strikeforce would act as a feeder system for the UFC for years until they finally ended the promotion in January 2013. Now a few months after the last promotion for Strikeforce, the UFC will welcome their top fighters into the UFC roster on national TV. The best fighters from Strikeforce will take on some of the best fighters from the UFC as many Strikeforce fighters will make their UFC debut. One of these fighters will be the former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez who will take on current UFC champion Benson Henderson in a unification bout. Melendez is considered by many as the best lightweight in the world but he does not have a UFC belt. To get that belt he will need to go through the current UFC champion and Fighter of the Year for 2012, Benson Henderson. Melendez is on a very big hot streak as he has not lost since 2009 and defending his championship a total of 7 times. He is most comfortable on the ground where he can get on top and begin his devastating ground and pound. He still has power standing up though as anyone standing with him needs to be careful not to get caught. In his way is the always improving Benson Henderson who has just stepped into his own as a fighter. Henderson is a former WEC champions who entered the UFC in 2011 and has been on fire ever since. In 2012 he would beat Frankie Edgar to win the UFC lightweight title and then would go on to defend the belt twice in the toughest division in the UFC. For that he would be named the UFC’s Fighter of the year for 2012 and in 2013 he is simply looking to continue the trend. Henderson is good everywhere but as a Jiu Jitsu practitioner prefers to take the fight to the ground. Henderson will be looking to keep his run going and try to become the next dominant champion in the UFC in the toughest division in the UFC. The fight will be a good one as both fighters are always in great shape and are always looking for the finish. They are both very good on the ground which usually means the fight will stay standing until someone gets desperate or hurt and reverts to their comfort zone. Expect an all out battle in this one and a fight that will not go the distance as both fighters have the ability to end the fight early. In the end it will be Benson Henderson who comes out on top in the Fight of the Night with a 3rd round KO of Gilbert Melendez.

The Strikeforce parade of fighters will not end there on Fox as two very good fighters will make their UFC debut. Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson will make his debut against former #1 contender Nate Diaz. It will be a great fight that may just bring a new contender into the crowded lightweight division. A bigger debut may be Daniel Cormier who is considered the best fighter outside of the UFC. He is the new heavyweight power as he has gone 11-0 in his UFC career and is seen as an almost immediate contender in the heavyweight division. He will have to get through a UFC legend in Frank Mir who has refocused and changed training camps to make another run at the heavyweight title. Cormier is a former US wrestling team captain and has run through some of the best in Strikeforce. The UFC is a different beast though as he will get a rude awakening to the new organization as Frank Mir serves as the gatekeeper to the top of the division. Mir has been the UFC heavyweight champion before and has had plenty of experience in the division. There is nothing that Mir hasn’t seen in the UFC and he will be sure to give Cormier a taste of the difference in organizations. Daniel Cormier will have his work cut out for him as one of the new fighters coming in from Strikeforce who will be looking to make his impact on national TV at UFC on Fox 7.

 

Fight Card

Main Event:
Benson “Smooth” Henderson vs. Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez [Lightweight Title] (FOX)

 

Main Card:
Frank Mir vs. Daniel “DC” Cormier (FOX)

Nate Diaz vs. Josh “The Punk” Thomson (FOX)

Matt “The immortal” Brown vs. Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (FOX)

 

Undercard:
Chad “Money” Mendes vs. Darren “The Damage” Elkins (Sportsnet/FX)

Francis “Limitless” Carmont vs. Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (Sportsnet/FX)

Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles “Fury” Jury (Sportsnet/FX)

Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren “BC” Uyenoyama (Sportsnet/FX)

Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means vs. Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (Sportsnet/FX)

TJ Dillashaw vs. Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (Sportsnet/FX)

Anthony “The Assassin” Njukuani vs. Roger “Relentless” Bowling (Facebook)

Clifford Starks vs. Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (Facebook)

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