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
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
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
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,”
Teixeira da Conceicao at UFC 147 before knocking out Reuben
Duran on Dec. 15 at the “TUF 16” finale.