UFC on Fox 7 Henderson vs. Melendez: Wrestling Observer Picks & Preview



UFC on Fox 7

By Josh Nason


For anyone following the events in Boston over the past 24 hours, consider this the 'We got him' edition of UFC picks. In addition, our best wishes go out to anyone affected by the bombings, the mass explosion in Texas and, in general, everyone and anyone. We need a good weekend in the world, don't we?


With all that said, it's UFC on Fox from San Jose (aka Meltzerville) which has a great main card and a nice undercard as well. Let's do this!

Our panel:


- Dave Meltzer (26-16): Wrestling Observer founder & writer

- Todd Martin (28-14): Weekly FFD guest | LA Times | Sherdog

- Mike Sempervive (21-21): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Mike Sawyer (29-13) of ToughTalkMMA.com

- Josh Nason (29-13): Wrestling Observer web editor, social media guy

- Oliver Copp (24-18) of combat sports insider fame

- Bryan Alvarez (19-10): Figure Four Weekly founder and writer

*Note: Bryan submitted picks prior to the event, but I wasn't around a computer to input them.


Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (18-2) vs. Gilbert Melendez (21-2)


Six consecutive wins and two successful defense of his 155-pound title later, Henderson heads back to Fox for the second straight time against Melendez, the final Strikeforce lightweight champion. Melendez finally has his opportunity to back up many people's claims he's among the top three lightweights in the world. He rides into Saturday on a seven fight win streak but has been on the shelf for 11 months due to injury.

Henderson: Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive, Sawyer, Copp, Alvarez
Melendez: Martin

Frank Mir (16-6) vs. Daniel Cormier (11-0)


In a fight that was supposed to happen last fall, Cormier gets his first UFC opportunity against a tough but fading veteran in Mir. The Strikeforce Grand Prix champion last defeated Dion Staring via 2nd round TKO in January, a large step down from the former two-time UFC champion. Mir has been off since getting knocked loopy by Junior dos Santos last May, snapping a three fight win streak. Fun fact: Cormier is a year older than Mir.

Cormier: Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive, Martin, Alvarez
Mir: Sawyer, Copp

Nate Diaz (16-8) vs. Josh Thomson (19-5-0-1)


After failing to wrest the 155-pound title from Henderson last December, Diaz gets another high action lightweight in Thomson, returning to the UFC after more than eight years. Thomson was last seen in May, losing a close split decision to Melendez. Three of his five career losses have come in his last six fights. At 34, can he give Diaz a run? Before the Henderson loss, Diaz had won three in a row with two submissions.

Diaz:
Nason, Meltzer, Sawyer, Copp
Thomson: Sempervive, Martin, Alvarez

Matt Brown (16-11) vs. Jordan Mein (27-8)

The resurgent Brown has won four in a row with three finishes, last knocking out Mike Swick back in December. Originally scheduled to fight Dan Hardy, he fights injury replacement Jordan Mein, another Strikeforce alum that made his UFC debut in March with a first round TKO win over Dan Miller. Despite being just 23, Mein has 35 career fights and has won three in a row. He's lost just once in his last ten fights.

Mein: Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive, Martin, Sawyer, Copp, Alvarez

Follow along with the entire card with Dave Meltzer's cageside coverage live from San Jose, CA, tonight!

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