Benson Henderson has recently signed his new contract at UFC and rumor has it that he is looking for his next opponent. The 29 year old lightweight champion from Glendale, Arizona, USA is being reported to defend his title from Strikeforce title –holder Gilbert Melendez.
There is already a date and an event for this match apparently it will take place at UFC on Fox 7 and the date will be slated for April 20, 2013. Officials have already given a venue for this much-awaited event; it will be at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. To remember that it’s in this city and venue that Melendez has fought several times for his belt when he was still in Strikeforce.
Strikeforce has finally ended and most fighters have been absorbed by UFC. One of the most notable migrants is Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey who will fight Liz Carmouche on February 23 at UFC 157 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, USA. As fighters bid farewell to Strikeforce, Melendez is officially the company’s final lightweight champion.
Benson “Smooth” Henderson is UFC lightweight champion with an 18 win and 2 loss record. His last win was a phenomenal fight against Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5 headline fight via unanimous decision last December 2012. This win against Diaz was Henderson’s 6th consecutive win since August 2011 beating great fighters like Frankie Edgar (twice), Clay Guida, Jim Miller and Mark Bocek. He lost to Anthony Pettis in a headline fight at WEC 53 via unanimous decision in December 2010 and to Rocky Johnson way back in 2007 at Battlequest 5 – Avalanche when Henderson was just starting out his professional career.
Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez on the other hand is a lightweight champion with 21 wins and 2 losses. His last win was against Josh Thomson at Strikeforce – Barnett versus Cormier in May 2012 via split decision. This was his 7th consecutive win since 2009 beating impressive fighters like Rodrigo Damm, Josh Thomson (the first one was in 2009), Mitsuhiro Ishida, Shinya Aoki and so many more. Before this seven straight wins he lost to Josh Thomson in 2008 at a Strikeforce headline fight via unanimous decision.
A Benson Henderson versus Gilbert Melendez matchup is going to be the battle of the lightweights which will surely be a much-awaited fight by fans everywhere.