After the final Strikeforce card, questions arose on who the last champions of Strikeforce would face in their Octagon debut. Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier, now have their first official fights in the UFC finalized.
For Melendez, an immediate title shot with Benson Henderson is slated for the main event of UFC on FOX 7 that is scheduled for April 20. Melendez was supposed to fight Pat Healy on the final Strikeforce card but was forced out due to injury in what would have been his last attempted title defense.
For Cormier, a rescheduled bout with Frank Mir is also scheduled in what will likely serve as the co-main event. Cormier’s last fight was this past Saturday when he dominated replacement fighter, Dion Staring in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
UFC confirmed the news earlier today via Tweet:
The HP Pavilion in San Jose, California will host the event which ironically, is the longtime home of the majority of Strikeforce cards.
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