UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs Melendez - Live results and play-by-play for Facebook and FX prelims

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Live results and thoughts for the UFC on Fox 7 prelims on Facebook and FX. The main event of the evening sees UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson defending his title against Gilbert Melendez.

As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC on Fox 7. Our live coverage will start with the fights on Facebook (currently scheduled for 4 p.m. ET) followed by the fights on the FX prelim broadcast (5 p.m. ET) through the main card on Fox (8 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.

This post will cover live results and thoughts for the preliminary card on Facebook and FX.

The prelim portion of the card breaks down like this:

Prelims on FX:

Featherweight - Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins

Middleweight - Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin

Lightweight - Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury

Flyweight - Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama

Lightweight - Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal

Bantamweight - T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana

Prelims on Facebook:

Lightweight - Anthony Njokuani vs. Roger Bowling

Middleweight - Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero

So make sure to come back when the event starts and share your thoughts as the fights go down.

Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero - Round 1 - Romero moving around and throwing leg kicks, Starks with a hard right hand. Romero with a kick to the head now and he gets stiffed by Starks on a takedown attempt. Flying knee right as Starks was bending and now Romero follows up with a series of hard punches and it's over. Yoel Romero wins by TKO (flying knee and punches), Round 1.

Anthony Njokuani vs. Roger Bowling - Round 1 - Bowling with a hard body kick early and Njokuani is circling on the outside. Bowling again goes to the body kick. Bowling is throwing hard while Njokuani is trying to get his timing down. Njokuani with a hard punch to the body. Hard shot by Njokuani and Bowling comes back with a counter and thn a body kick that misses. Njokuani with a counter left and a body shot. Bowling with a leg kick. Good leg kick by Bowling. Bowling with a big takedown now with about 1:30 left in the round. Njokuani manages to scoot to the cage and get back to his feet. Hard knee to the body and a flurry of punches from Njokuani as they get up. Now Njokuani is landing his strikes a bit. Right hand for Njokuani. 10-9 Bowling but Njokuani was starting to take over.

Round 2 - Trip early by Njokuani and his energy level is picking up. Good combo by Njokuani. Spinning back kick by Njokuani. Good counter by Njokuani. Hard right hand counter by Njokuani as Bowling lands to the body. Huge left by Njokuani as Bowling comes in and Bowling crumbles to the ground. Perfect timing on that punch. Anthony Njokuani wins by KO (punch), round 2.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana - Round 1 - Viana throws a few punches and then lands a wide left hand and Dillashaw goes down and then Dillashaw manages to take the back but Viana strongman's his way back to his feet and lands a big elbow. Big right late in the round by Dillashaw and Viana is hurt badly! Dillashaw landing some more big shots and Viana is done! T.J. Dillashaw wins by TKO (punches), round 1.

Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal - Round 1 - Masvidal with a left hand that gets in and Means is throwing some straight shots in return. Body kick by Means. Masvidal with a body kick and Means lands a spinning back elbow. Masvidal with a takedown, but Means is up pretty quickly and he lands some decent shots. Means tries for a single leg takedown but gives it up. Good body shot by Means. Left hand gets in for Masvidal. 10-9 Masvidal.

Round 2 - Masvidal with a takedown after working hard for it about a minute into the round. Means really letting go with his elbows off the back. Upkick lands for Means and he gets to his feet. Masvidal digs to the body. Masvidal gets the takedown again and he's working hard from the top and Means rolls over, giving up his back. Means is able to get to his feet pretty quickly but Masvidal takes him back down and starts landing elbows from the top. Masvidal working well in flurries from the top, mixing in punches and elbows. Means throws an elbow off his back and Masvidal is bleeding pretty good. 10-9 Masvidal.

Round 3 - Left hand by Means. Another good left by Means backs Masvidal off. Means with a nice combo and another left hand. Masvidal with a takedown and Means lands a bunch of elbows off his back again. Means stands back up and gets distance. Masvidal with a takedown again and Means throws a bunch more elbows again. He's very aggressive with the elbows off his back. Masvidal throwing his own elbows. Means reverses at the end of the round and ends the round on top throwing his own hard shots. I still have it a 30-27 Masvidal fight though.

Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board. Jorge Masvidal wins by unanimous decision.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama - Round 1 - Benavidez doing well early but does land an accidental low blow. Big right hand by Benavidez after they restart, and now a left hand after he lets Darren back up. Benavidez drops him again and follows him to the ground. 10-9 Benavidez.

Round 2 - Benavidez is still just wearing him out on the feet and putting him on the ground repeatedly. Darren has nothing on the ground, not attacking at all and then right back to the feet. Benavidez gets him hard to the body and Darren goes down and he pounces and this is over. That was just a one sided drubbing. Joseph Benavidez wins by TKO (body shots), Round 2.

Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury - Round 1 - Jury with a right hand. Jury with a takedown now and he lands a few hammerfists while Nijem tries to stand up. Nijem battling and manages to almost get on top before Jury uses the cage to stand up. Now Jury manages to get the takedown and has Nijem turtled, giving up his back. Jury with a body triangle and Nijem stands and manages to turn Jury so that Nijem is now on top. Jury goes right to an armbar attempt. Nijem gets out, and they're still going at it in the grappling game. Round ends with Nijem on the back. 10-9 Jury I suppose, though there's a case for 10-10.

Round 2 - Jury poking away on the feet and...after an accidental eye poke break, Jury lands a massive right hand and Nijem is out cold. That was a massive punch. Myles Jury wins by KO (punch), round 2.

Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin - Round 1 - Larkin misses a front kick to the leg, but goes back with some more leg kicks. Carmont throwing a few body kicks and punches now also. Larkin blocking everything from Carmont so far but not really opening up. Larkin with a very hard leg kick. Carmont now shooting in. Larkin defending the takedown well so far and Carmont is really trying to finish it off, basically chasing him across the cage. Larkin landing some hard elbows and punches now. Larkin manages to stay upright despite Carmont having his foot on his shoulder standing up. More hard elbows while defending by Larkin. Larkin still working over the lead leg with kicks as they're back to distance. Both men miss big punches. 10-9 Larkin.

Round 2 - Carmont with a right hand. Head kick by Larkin misses. Carmont chasing now, and Larkin lands the hard left hook. Carmont with a kick to the leg and Larkin throws a spinning kick to the leg. Larkin throwing a lot of kicks to the knee now. Larkin lands a hard upper cut. Carmont looking for the takedown again. Every time Larkin lands, Carmont decides he should think about the takedown. Larkin defends again and lands a leg kick back at distance. Uppercut by Carmont lands. Spinning kick to the leg again by Larkin lands very hard. Carmont tries for a takedown again. Carmont finally almost has the takedown before the end of the round. 10-9 Larkin.

Round 3 - Carmont tries for the takedown again and he has a hook in standing and he's trying to get a choke but can't and Larkin gets to space. Carmont throwing a few jabs, but not landing. Leg kick by Larkin and then he misses a punch. Carmont with a takedown now finally in the middle of the cage. Larkin tried for a triangle and then an armbar but almost got his guard passed. Now tries for an omoplata but nothing there. Carmont is just sitting on top. Larkin looking for a kimura. Larkin manages to use it to sweep and he's on top and almost takes the back. Leg kick by Larkin. Larkin with a kick that lands to the arm. 10-9 Larkin as Carmont did nothing with the takedown but get swept. Have a feeling Carmont will get the official nod though.

Official scorecards: 29-28 across the board. Francis Carmont wins by unanimous decision.

Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins - Round 1 - Leg kick by Mendes early and then they trade a few punches. Leg kick by Mendes and a straight punch from Elkins. Right hand by Mendes sends Elkins stumbling. Now some follow up punches from Mendes and this one is over. Chad Mendes wins by TKO (punches), round 1.

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