UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez

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UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez
A poster or logo for UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez.
Date April 20, 2013
Venue HP Pavilion
City San Jose, California
Attendance 13,506[1]
Total gate $1.333 million[1]
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen

UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez (also known as UFC on Fox 7) was a mixed martial arts event held on April 20, 2013, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.[2] The event was broadcast live on FOX.


The event was headlined by a Lightweight Championship bout between the current champion Benson Henderson and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, promotional newcomer Gilbert Melendez.[3] Also featured on the card was a bout between two time Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier.[4]

Clay Guida was expected to face Chad Mendes at this event. However it was revealed on March 15 that Guida had pulled out of the bout citing an injury[5] and was replaced by Darren Elkins.[6]

Dan Hardy was expected to face Matt Brown at the event. However, Hardy was forced out of the bout due to medical issues regarding his heart and was replaced by Jordan Mein.[7]

Francisco Rivera was expected to face Hugo Viana at the event. However, Rivera was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by T.J. Dillashaw.[8]

A scheduled bout between Jon Tuck and Norman Parke was scrapped during the week leading up to the event, as Tuck was forced out of the bout with an injury.[9]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Benson Henderson (c) def. Gilbert Melendez Decision (split) (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) 5 5:00 [a]
Heavyweight Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz TKO (head kick and punches) 2 3:44
Welterweight Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein TKO (elbows to the body) 2 1:00
Preliminary Card (FX)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Chad Mendes def. Darren Elkins TKO (punсhes) 1 1:08
Middleweight Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Myles Jury def. Ramsey Nijem KO (punch) 2 1:02
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama TKO (body kick and punches) 2 4:50
Lightweight Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw def. Hugo Viana TKO (punches) 1 4:22
Preliminary card (Facebook)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Anthony Njokuani def. Roger Bowling KO (punch) 2 2:52
Middleweight Yoel Romero def. Clifford Starks KO (flying knee and punches) 1 1:32


Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses.[11]

  • Fight of the Night: Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
  • Knockout of the Night: Josh Thomson and Yoel Romero
  • Submission of the Night: None

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses or Pay-Per-View quotas.[12]

  • Benson Henderson: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Melendez: $175,000
  • Daniel Cormier: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus) def. Frank Mir: $200,000
  • Josh Thomson: $95,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $15,000
  • Matt Brown: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Jordan Mein: $16,000
  • Chad Mendes: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Darren Elkins: $24,000
  • Francis Carmont: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Lorenz Larkin: $23,000
  • Myles Jury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Ramsey Nijem: $14,000
  • Joseph Benavidez: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Darren Uyenoyama: $12,000
  • Jorge Masvidal: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Tim Means: $10,000
  • T.J. Dillashaw: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Hugo Viana: $8,000
  • Anthony Njokuani: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Roger Bowling: $12,000
  • Yoel Romero: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000


  1. ^ a b Staff (2012-04-20). "UFC on FOX 7 draws reported 13,506 attendance for $1.333 million live gate". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  2. ^ "UFC targets HP Pavilion in San Jose for April 20 UFC on FOX 7 card". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  3. ^ Mike Chiapetta (2013-01-14). "UFC on FOX 7 targeted for Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez lightweight title fight". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  4. ^ Mookie Alexander (2013-01-15). "Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier set for UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  5. ^ Greg Savage (2013-03-15). "Clay Guida Injured, Out of Chad Mendes Fight at UFC on Fox 7". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  6. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-03-19). "Darren Elkins steps in for Clay Guida, meets Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 7". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  7. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-03-22). "Injury forces Dan Hardy off UFC on FOX 7; Jordan Mein now meets Matt Brown". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  8. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-03-22). "T.J. Dillashaw replaces Francisco Rivera, meets Hugo Viana at UFC on FOX 7". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  9. ^ Staff (2013-04-14). "Jon Tuck vs. Norman Parke pulled from Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 lineup". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  10. ^ "UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez". Ultimate Fighting Championship. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-04-20). "UFC on FOX 7 bonuses: Brown, Mein, Romero, Thomson earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  12. ^ "UFC on FOX 7 salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir earn biggest fight purses". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-21.