Joseph Benavidez-Darren Uyenoyama, Francisco Rivera-Hugo Viana Set for UFC on Fox 7



The UFC on Fox 7 fight bill continues to grow, as UFC officials this week announced the addition of two new bouts to the April 20 event.

The show takes place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and will see former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez square off with Darren Uyenoyama, while bantamweight Francisco Rivera locks horns with fellow heavy-hitter Hugo Viana. The UFC on Fox 7 main card airs live on Fox’s flagship network and is headlined by a lightweight title confrontation pitting Benson Henderson against former Strikeforce belt holder Gilbert Melendez.

Benavidez, 28, has lost to just two men in his six years of competition, coming up short against bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz twice before dropping a split decision to Demetrious Johnson in their UFC 152 showdown for the vacant flyweight title. The Team Alpha Male standout rebounded from that defeat to top the formerly top-ranked Ian McCall on Feb. 2, snatching a unanimous decision from “Uncle Creepy” at UFC 156.

Five years older than his foe, Uyenoyama rides a three-fight winning streak into his showdown with Benavidez, debuting in the UFC with an upset victory over Kid Yamamoto in 2011 and then submitting British talent Phil Harris this past October at UFC on FX 5.

Rivera saw a knockout victory over Roland Delorme changed to a no-contest last summer after testing positive for an over-the-counter stimulant at UFC 149. “Cisco” returned to the cage at UFC 156 against Edwin Figueroa, earning a second-round knockout over “El Feroz” after hitting the canvas in the opening stanza.

Known in Brazil as “Hugo Wolverine,” Viana has yet to taste defeat in seven pro outings. The bantamweight made his Octagon debut last year following a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” outpointing John Teixeira da Conceicao at UFC 147 before knocking out Reuben Duran on Dec. 15 at the “TUF 16” finale.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

The team of analysts for the UFC on Fox Sports 1 and Fox broadcasts has been providing the most in-depth coverage that mixed martial arts has seen in its 20 years of existence. With a collection of s read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

The Austin, Texas, "Fight Night" card is shaping up quite nicely. Joseph Benavidez will look to keep his rhythm going when he steps back into the Octagon on Nov. 22, 2014 to face Dustin Ortiz at UFC read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC’s return to Brazil has a pair of new match-ups set. Leonardo Santos and Efrain Escudero, who were scheduled to meet Lukasz Sajewski and Francisco Trinaldo, respectively, at the UFC Fight Night 51 read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC 179 bill continues to grow, as the Las Vegas-based promotion has added a pair of bouts to the Oct. 25 card. read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 views

The last time fight fans saw Jamie Varner, he was struggling to stay upright while somehow -- amazingly -- continuing to mount desperation offense against James Krause last May. This, despite the fac read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

A heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve is set for UFC on Fox 13 on Dec. 13. read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC announced the fight via Instagram tonight. Two Dutch Heavyweights looking for Octagon redemption just got their shot. Tonight on Instagram the UFC announced that Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan S read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

It’ll be a quick turnaround for Alistair Overeem, who is coming off a shocking TKO loss to Ben Rothwell, when he steps back into the Octagon on December 13 at UFC on Fox 13 to take on fellow ranked h read news >>

  • 18 hours ago
  • 1 views

A heavyweight fight between Matt Mitrione and Gabriel Gonzaga has been slated for December’s UFC on FOX 13 event.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>