by Adam Martin
UFC on FOX 7 continues to keep getting stacked.
According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, welterweights Matt Brown and Dan Hardy are set to collide at the event, which takes place on April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Earlier in the day, it was announced that UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will duke it out in the five-round main event to unify the belts, while in the co-main event former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir takes on Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier.
Brown vs. Hardy — a fight that has fireworks written all over it — is expected to open up the main televised card, as the fight is nearly guaranteed to be action packed.
Brown (16-11) is perhaps the fighter with the most momentum in the UFC in any weight class. A winner of four fights in 2012, Brown earned the biggest win of his career at UFC on FOX 5 in December when he knocked out Mike Swick in the first round of their fight. Having also knocked out Chris Cope and Luis Ramos, as well as snagging a decision victory over Stephen Thompson, it’s clear that Brown has turned the page since his near release from the UFC in 2011 to become a darkhorse contender from 170 pounds.
Hardy (25-10, 1 NC) is currently riding a two-fight win streak with victories over Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Amir Sadollah. It’s nice to see Hardy back on a roll because prior to this win streak the former UFC welterweight title challenger had lost four-straight fights. Hardy is known for his striking but in his most recent outing against Sadollah he showed that he’s been working on his wrestling, too.
Still, the fight between Brown and Hardy should be contested mainly on the feet and therefore the fans are almost guaranteed a war. And remember, it’s a free fight, so it really can’t get any better than this.
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