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Gilbert Melendez set for UFC debut

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Gilbert Melendez is one day away from his long-awaited shot at UFC gold.

A longtime lightweight title holder in Strikeforce, Melendez will make his UFC debut against defending champion Ben Henderson at Saturday's UFC on Fox event at the HP Pavilion.

Both fighters made weight during Friday's official weigh-in at the California Theatre. Melendez (21-2) came in 1 pound under at 154; Henderson (18-2) weighed 155.

"I think there are a lot of people who know what's up," said Melendez, when asked if he's credited for his accomplishments outside the UFC. "But, yeah, to the common fan, I'm 0-0. It's really the Octagon record is what stands out most."

All 24 fighters set to compete on the UFC card made weight.

The event will have a UFC-versus-Strikeforce feel beyond the main event. In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir welcomes Strikeforce standout Daniel Cormier to the Octagon.

Mir (16-6) held his training camp for the fight in Albuquerque, N.M. It marks the first time the 33-year-old prepared for a fight outside his hometown of Las Vegas. He weighed 257 pounds.

One of the lighter heavyweights in the division, Cormier (11-0) came in at 235 pounds. The former U.S. Olympic wrestler has expressed interest in dropping to the light heavyweight division at some point.