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Gilbert Melendez Ready For UFC Debut Next Saturday

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will make his UFC debut next Saturday night against Benson Henderson. The bout serves as the main event of UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez, and will be for the UFC 155-pound title.

“1 week till go time!” Melendez posted on Twitter. “This is what I have been working 4 my whole career! Thank u all 4 joining me on my journey. I appreciate u guys.”

Melendez dominated in Strikeforce for years, working his way up the lightweight ladder. He has been out of action since early in 2012 after suffering a training injury.

FightLine will have complete pre-fight coverage next week of the event, along with play-by-play Saturday night.