Former Strikeforce lightweight titleholder Gilbert Melendez came oh-so-close to dethroning reigning UFC 155-pound kingpin Ben Henderson in the main event of UFC on FOX 7, which took place last Saturday night (April 20, 2013) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Close, but no separated shoulder.
"Everything is fine," Melendez told FUEL TV. "I separated my shoulder a long time ago, it looks funky, you know what I mean?"
It actually wasn't that long ago, according to this report.
Melendez (18-3) was doing work inside the Octagon (watch it again here) when cageside color commentator Joe Rogan noticed "El Nino's" shoulder bones bobbing and weaving in an unnatural way (see the pic here), leaving the "Fear Factor" host to wonder aloud if the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter had suffered an injury during his "Smooth" attack.
It wasn't the shoulder that kept him from the division crown.
Still, the fight was close enough -- and entertaining enough -- to warrant a future rematch. Until then, Bendo will move on to fight the winner of Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant (says UFC President Dana White) while Melendez starts his climb back up to the top of the division against an opponent to be named.
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