UFC on FOX 5 gets Henderson-Diaz title fight, Gustafsson-Rua, Penn-MacDonald

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Budgellism
8/15/12 1:42:29AM
(This story appeared in Wednesday's edition of USA TODAY.)

Ultimate Fighting Championship's lightweight title will be defended on network television.

USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with UFC officials that current lightweight champion Benson Henderson (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will face Nate Diaz (16-7, 11-5) at UFC on FOX 5, which takes place Dec. 8 at a host site to be announced.

A light-heavyweight matchup between former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-6, 5-4) and Alexander Gustafsson (14-1, 6-1) serves as the night's co-feature, and a B.J. Penn (16-8-2, 12-7-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) fight also has been rebooked for the card.

A fourth main-card fight is expected to be added to the FOX broadcast in the coming weeks.

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Budgellism
8/15/12 1:44:17AM
Pookie
8/15/12 1:49:51AM
Hell yeah
FastKnockout
8/15/12 1:58:57AM
This is what papa likes.
Poor_Franklin
8/15/12 2:00:54AM
very good job UFC
infestructure
8/15/12 2:03:03AM
It sounds so good, but who really believes we will get all three of those fights on the card come fight day. Injuries will fuck this up. Rua will duck Gustafsson




prophecy033
8/15/12 2:08:34AM
I take back what I said about Bendo/Diaz not being on free tv
Twenty20Dollars
8/15/12 2:12:17AM

Posted by infestructure

It sounds so good, but who really believes we will get all three of those fights on the card come fight day. Injuries will fuck this up. Rua will duck Gustafsson



Haha, just going to say something similar. I was going to say how many of these fights are going to stay on the card.

I wasn't expecting Gustafsson-Rua, though. Thought they might try to keep Gus as a title contender potentially along with Rua, with separate matchups.
hashyandy4
8/15/12 2:14:49AM
Crazy!! Hope everyone stays healthy!!
lohmann
8/15/12 2:34:01AM
This is awesome.

The fourth fight could be a midget vs. a bear and it would still be the best-looking card all year.
aussiemma
8/15/12 2:48:52AM
wow ! awesome 3 fights there.
FastKnockout
8/15/12 2:50:12AM
I'd be very interested in the midget vs. bear.
Twenty20Dollars
8/15/12 3:03:15AM
McCall vs Sylvia

midget vs bear
jae_1833
8/15/12 3:04:27AM
I also hope Rua does better against Gus than he did against Vera....thats two tall strikers in a row for him and Gus imo is better than Vera is right now.
Adrenaline
8/15/12 6:48:42AM
Sweet baby jesus, we get this free?



kopower
8/15/12 7:56:56AM
Now that is a card

It almost doesn't matter who's on the undercarriage now.
postman
8/15/12 8:14:27AM
I love this Fox deal
sparky
8/15/12 8:18:11AM
UFC keeps making the free events better than the pay per views wooooooo

2 of my fav fighters on for free = EPICNESS
bojangalz
8/15/12 8:27:44AM
Would be nice it it all falls into place. But this ins't "Official" yet. And even if the official announcement comes- we'll still need to get to the fights without injury too. Conceptually, huge night of free fights and I love it. Realistically, I'm not holding my breath.
Bubbles
8/15/12 8:55:04AM
why bother paying for PPVs if we get cards like this for free? who pays for PPVs anyways?
TeamDEY
8/15/12 9:16:05AM
Incredible
BuffaloDave
8/15/12 9:37:55AM
Just like I said after UFC on Fox 4, it's time to get another title fight on a Fox show!! Be nice to see a HW fight round out the main card. Would love to see Hunt on it, if his knee is healed up by then.
airkerma
8/15/12 9:53:01AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars


Posted by infestructure

It sounds so good, but who really believes we will get all three of those fights on the card come fight day. Injuries will fuck this up. Rua will duck Gustafsson



Haha, just going to say something similar. I was going to say how many of these fights are going to stay on the card.


No whammy no whammy no whammy!!! *insert fingers crossed emote*
hymiekooken
8/15/12 10:07:59AM
Very very nice !!! One of my favs getting a title shot, on free tv, 2 other badass fights to back it up......wonder who the fourth fight will be....and with that show on Dec. 8, what is the New years card gonna look like ? Anyway, great job UFC, a great way to win over some new fans as well.
Theoutlaw08
8/15/12 10:34:52AM
This is a pretty sweet card. Awesome its free. Really looking forward to it.
cowcatcher
8/15/12 11:06:52AM
This is what they should be doing on these FOX shows, especially early on to get the casual fan's interest up. Great three fights, nice job UFC.
dreius
8/15/12 11:39:20AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

McCall vs Sylvia

midget vs bear



I approve of this fight. I got McCall
Samps
8/15/12 12:41:48PM
YES!!

HW fights a good idea. Hunt would be sweet
Manak
8/15/12 1:03:45PM
BONER!!!

hopefully this is the starting steps to eventually transition away from ppvs.
lll-lll
8/15/12 1:30:16PM
Awesome card already. Now comes the waiting game to see who gets "injured." Im predicting Shogun.
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