Melendez to make UFC debut at HP Pavilion April 20

January 15, 2013, 11:45 am
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Gilbert Melendez (21-2) will make his long-awaited UFC debut against lightweight champion Benson Henderson (18-2) at “UFC on Fox 7” on April 20 at HP Pavilion. Fighting out of the El Nino Training Center in San Francisco, Melendez earned an immediate UFC title shot based on his highly-decorated career under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner.

In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier (11-0) makes his octagon debut against former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir (16-6). Fighting out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Cormier successfully defended his Strikeforce heavyweight crown in the promotion’s final event last Saturday in Oklahoma.

Tickets for “UFC on Fox 7” go on sale Feb. 15.