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UFC on Fox 7 Results – Henderson Still The Champ Decision win over Melendez

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The UFC has done an excellent job creating an exciting fight card for the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez event this Saturday, only weeks ahead of the Kentucky Derby betting. The card includes a UFC Lightweight championship fight and a heavyweight bout between two legitimate title contenders, but even before those tilts take place it will be a couple of former title contenders clashing in a lightweight fight. Diaz will look to bounce back from a brutal loss to UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson his last time out, while Thomson is trying to bounce back from a loss against the man that will challenge Henderson for the title in former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. UFC on Fox 7 Results Listed bottom of page.

UFC on Fox 7 ResultsUFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez

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

Saturday April 20, 2013

HP Pavilion, San Jose, California

UFC Sportsbook Line: Diaz – 180

The term “must-win” is not usually used in the UFC, but that is exactly what each of these fighters is facing heading in to this event. Neither Thomson nor Diaz can afford to fall any further down the ladder of contenders with another loss, and that should bring out the best of both fighters in this contest.

UFC Betting Preview: Josh Thomson

The 34-year old Thomson had won three of four fights before losing to Melendez in his final Strikeforce fight, and there won’t be any room for error as he makes the transition to the UFC. Thomson has already reached his potential, and now he must prove that is good enough to be a legitimate title contender. With nine of his 19 wins coming via submission compared to just four via knockout, it is clear that Thomson’s strengths are on the mat. That should allow him to match up well with Diaz in what should at the least be a very entertaining sports betting fight.

UFC Betting Preview: Nate Diaz

All of the sites listed on the sportsbook reviews have Diaz listed as the favorite around the -180 mark, but he will need to be much better than he was against Henderson do live up to that standard. Diaz was bounced around by Henderson in dominant fashion in that UFC Lightweight title fight, having his string of three-straight wins snapped via unanimous decision. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Diaz should be able to handle Thomson’s ground game as the two go back and forth. That means this fight could come down to patience and technique, which is where Diaz must pace his self.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Thomson has shown flashes of being one of the better fighters in the lightweight division in Strikeforce, but this is an entirely different animal and considering the way he was dominated by Melendez he could have a tough time keeping up with Diaz. The former No. 1 contender was completely overwhelmed when he got his shot against Henderson, and now Diaz will be looking to make a statement as he tries to bounce back. For all of the latest news and odds for the upcoming UFC on Fox event, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites. UFC Betting Pick: Nate Diaz – 180

Main Card UFC on Fox 7 Results (FOX 8PM ET)

UFC Lightweight Title Fight: Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez via split decision (48-47,47-48,48-47)
Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 2
Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein via TKO (strikes) at 1:00 of Round 2

Preliminary Card UFC on Fox 7 Results (FX 5PM ET)

Chad Mendes def. Darren Elkins via TKO (strikes) at 1:08 of Round 1
Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
Myles Jury def. Ramsey Nijem via KO (punch) at 1:02 of Round 2
Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of Round 2
Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Hugo Viana via TKO (strikes) at 4:22 of Round 1

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