UFC on FOX 7 takes place this Saturday, April 20th, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The action kicks off at 4 pm ET on Facebook, followed by more prelim action at 5 on FX, and then finally at 8 with the main card bouts.
2) An undisputed champion will be crowned
For the first time since Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson to unify the UFC's middleweight and Pride's welterweight championships at UFC 82, an undisputed champion will be crowned. Benson Henderson will look to successfully defend his lightweight title for the 3rd consecutive time, a feat only Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn have matched. On the other side of the cage will be the debuting reigning Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez, a man who has long been called the best 155lber outside the UFC.
3) The return of Frank Mir
Former UFC champion and current heavyweight submission king, Frank Mir will make his return to the octagon after being out nearly a year. Originally, Mir was scheduled to challenge Daniel Cormier back in November in a one off Strikeforce appearance. However, Mir injured himself in training and the bout was re-slated for this Saturday. Mir's last bout was at UFC 146 when he lost to then heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
4) With a win, Daniel Cormier can push his undefeated streak to 12-0
Despite not fighting in the world's best promotion for his entire career, former Olympian wrestler Daniel Cormier has already solidified himself as one of the best heavyweights alive. The 34-year old is currently 11-0, with wins over top heavyweights Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva. With a win, Cormier would surely place himself into title contention. Whether he would actually fight current champion and AKA teammate Cain Velasquez is an entirely separate dilemma.
5) Nate Diaz's guard may be in for a long night
If there is one weakness in Nate Diaz's game, it's his inability to defend wrestling (Benson Henderson was able to take Diaz down 8 times). This may not bode well for the Stockton native, as Josh Thomson was one of the more successful takedown artists in Strikeforce history. However, luckily for Diaz, he has one of the most dangerous and active submission attacks in MMA. He has the fifth-most submission attempts in UFC history with 22.11 of those attempts coming with Diaz in bottom position. Diaz also has 8 submission finishes in all, with 5 coming from the bottom.
6) Josh Thomson returns to the UFC
"The Punk" will step into the octagon for the time since Jan. 2004 , a span of 3,397 days (more than eight years). Thomson's last bout was a TKO loss to Yves Edwards at UFC 49. At the time he left the UFC with a 2-1 record in the promotion.
7) Matt Brown will look to continue his comeback story
Before February of 2012, Matt Brown had a sub-par UFC record of 5-5. However, since then "The Immortal" has found himself on a Rocky Balboa-like story, by winning 4 in a row, including 3 TKO/KOs. In fact, Brown was the only UFC fighter to collect 4 wins in 2012. However, he may face his toughest challenge yet on Saturday, when he faces off with Jordan Mein, a fighter who has long been called one of the best prospects to come along to the sport.
8) A featherweight contender's clash highlights prelims
At the top of the prelims is a bout between former top featherweight contender Chad Mendes and the red hot Darren Elkins. Mendes, who will be taking on an opponent on short notice for the 3rd time in a row, is currently ranked as the top 145lber aside from Jose Aldo. With a win, Elkins can take can take sole possession of the record for most featherweight wins of any fighter in UFC history with six. If you were planning to opt out of watching the prelims, this bout should really make you reconsider.
9) The first flyweight fight since February
The prelims also features an ever important battle in the shallow flyweight division between former title challenger Joseph Benavidez and BJJ black belt Darren Uyenoyama, who are currently ranked as #1 and 8 in the division. This will also mark the first flyweight fight on a card since UFC on Fuel TV 7, when Phil Davis defeated Ulysses Gomez.
10) 7 "UFC vs Strikeforce" bouts in all
With the way the card has taken shape, the UFC could have called this event "UFC on FOX: UFC vs Strikeforce". In all, there are 7 bouts in which a UFC fighter will be taking on a fighter whose last fights were in Strikeforce.