UFC vs. Strikeforce main card on ‘UFC on Fox 7’

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news, UFC Events

StrikeforceLogoUFC on Fox 7 is playing out like a fantasy ‘UFC vs. Strikeforce’ event. A late injury has made the entire main card of the April 20th event essential a cross-promotional battle. Dan Hardy has been forced to withdraw from the fight with Matt Brown due to a heart condition, and former Strikeforce vet Jordan Mein will step in.

Mein does have one fight under his belt in the UFC—a 1st round knockout of Dan Miller last weekend. The others unofficially representing the now-defunct organization are all either making their UFC debuts, or (in one case) a near decade long absence from the company.

The main event will be a lightweight title fight between Ben Henderson and the last Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez. Henderson has never lost in the UFC and has looked incredible as the champion. Melendez is currently on a similar run, having not lost since 2008.

The co-main event is just as intriguing, if not more so. Former UFC champion Frank Mir will welcome Strikeforce Grand Prix champion, Daniel Cormier to the UFC. While Mir holds a significant edge in experience and big fights, Cormier is proving to be a unique talent in the sport.

Finally, Nate Diaz will take on Josh Thomson. Diaz recently fell short in his bid for a title against Henderson last December. That’s exactly the same story for Thomson, who lost to Melendez for the Strikeforce title. Both fighters have been known to put on a pretty good show, so this one will be exciting as well.

The interesting thing about these matchups is the location. The longtime home of Strikeforce, San Jose will be hosting this event. Does that make Melendez, Cormier, Thomson and Mein the hometown favorites for this one? We’ll have to wait and see, but the live crowd will likely have a pro-Strikeforce feel to it.

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