It looks like Fox can’t get enough of UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, because he could potentially headline another Fox card. After dispatching Nate Diaz in his last title defense, he may face another Cesar Gracie-trained lightweight in Gilbert Melendez, who was the Strikeforce 155-pound champ until the promotion’s demise. The match could do great ratings for Fox as it is sure to be billed as a “champion versus champion” title fight.
The last time Henderson headlined a Fox card it did great ratings. The broadcast that aired on December 8 garnered an average of 4.4 million viewers, and was the most-watched broadcast in the 18-49 demographic for the night. That was better than the UFC’s two previous Fox cards, which both fell under an average of 2.5 million viewers. The main event between Diaz and Henderson took in a lot more viewers than the average with nearly 5.7 million people tuning in to watch the fight. It is possible for this fight to do even better ratings, since Henderson likely gained more fans for his performance against Diaz.
The fight with Melendez will not be an easy one, as Melendez has gone undefeated for nearly five years. Also, Melendez has defeated every opponent that has ever beat him, and defended his Strikeforce title seven times in his combined two title runs. Now, fans and pundits alike will get a clear idea who is the number one lightweight in the world. Many have said that Melendez should be considered number one because no one has held onto the UFC title for too long; he’ll have a chance to prove his fans right when he faces Henderson come this April.