Aug 15, 2012 - The UFC is bringing out the big
guns on FOX once again.
Benson Henderson vs. Nathan Diaz for the
lightweight title, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs Alexander Gustafsson and B.J.
Penn vs. Rory MacDonald have all been added to UFC on FOX 5, which
will take place on Dec. 8 at a yet to be announced venue. UFC president Dana
White confirmed the news with USA Today on Wednesday.
This marks the
first time a UFC title will be defended on network television since Cain Velasquez fought Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1 in
Henderson (17-2) successfully defended
the title on Saturday night when he defeated Frankie Edgar via split decision, while Diaz (16-7) most
recently defeated Jim Miller via guillotine choke at UFC on FOX 3 in
Rua (21-6) picked up a much-needed TKO win over Brandon Vera two weeks ago at UFC on FOX 4, while
Gustafsson (14-1), considered one of the rising stars in the 205-pound weight
class, is coming off a win over Thiago Silva in April.
And then you have Penn vs.
MacDonald, which was supposed to take place at UFC
152 in September until a cut suffered in training forced MacDonald to pull
out of the fight. Penn (16-8-2) hasn't fought since October, when he lost to Nick Diaz via unanimous decision. Following the fight, Penn
announced his retirement from the sport, but he returned earlier this year when
MacDonald called him out on The MMA Hour. MacDonald (13-1) most recently
Mills via TKO at UFC 145.
The promotion is expected to announce a
fourth main card fight in the following weeks.