Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Several lightweight fights are now set for UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose on April 20th, including an early FOTN candidate between Tim Means and Jorge Masvidal.
If UFC 158 is the night for lightweights, then UFC on FOX 7 is the night of lightweights. The UFC added four 155 lbs fights to the April 20th FOX card according to MMA Junkie, and all of the fighters involved come from TUF or Strikeforce. The following fights are:
- Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal. Presumably Means has recovered from knocking himself unconscious after falling in the sauna on the day of the UFC on FOX 5 weigh-ins. Otherwise Means is 2-0 in the UFC and on an 11 fight unbeaten run dating back to 2010. Masvidal comes over from Strikeforce having won his last fight against Justin Wilcox by split decision. He earned a title shot against Gilbert Melendez but lost to the champion in December 2011.
- Myles Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem. It's a battle of two TUF alums. TUF 15 competitor Myles Jury impressively defeated
former 200m and 400m track starrising lightweight prospect Michael Johnson at UFC 155, maintaining his unbeaten record at 11-0 and 2-0 in the UFC. Nijem, a TUF 13 runner-up at welterweight, improved to 3-1 in the UFC with a win over Joe Proctor at UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle.
- Roger Bowling vs. Anthony Njokuani. Strikeforce's Roger Bowling, famous for his trilogy with Bobby Voelker, lost to "final" SF WW champion Tarec Saffiedine last March. His last win was against Brandon Saling, who somehow got into the promotion despite being a convicted sex offender as well as baring neo-nazi tattoos on his body. This will be Bowling's LW debut. The often-entertaining Njokuani is coming off a loss to Rafael dos Anjos, and with a 2-3 UFC record has alternated wins and losses throughout his time in the organization.
- Jon Tuck vs. Norman Parke. Tuck, a native of Guam, won his UFC debut against Zhang Tiequan last November in Macau, improving his record to 7-0. Parke is the lightweight tournament winner of TUF: The Smashes. The Brit earned that crown with a unanimous decision victory over countryman Colin Fletcher at UFC on FX 6 in Australia.
Six of the nine fights at UFC on FOX 7 are in the lightweight division, including the night's championship main event between Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez, and Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson.
The night's main card airs live on FOX (shockingly), while the preliminary card airs on FX and Facebook. It is likely that all of the above fights will take place on the prelims.