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.

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