Nate Diaz to fight Benson Henderson for title at UFC on FOX 5

by John Morgan | source:

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

USA TODAY Sports and confirmed with UFC officials that lightweight champion Benson Henderson (17-2 mixed martial arts, 5-0 UFC) will face Nate Diaz (14-3-1, 9-3-1) at UFC on Fox 5 on 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) is the co-feature, and a B.J. Penn (16-8-2, 12-7-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) lightweight fight also has been rebooked for the card.

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

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8/16/12 6:55 PM by rrg1

I don't talk good about Dana very often. Actually, it's a very rare thing...but job well done with this one Dana and Co!

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8/16/12 6:53 PM by kevsh

Only one explanation for this: Fox and/or UFC execs are extremely concerned over free card viewer numbers and the response is they feel they need main events like this to get the ratings they want. So don't go patting Dana and co. on the back, they'd didn't make this card for free because they're nice guys, it's about poor ratings.

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8/16/12 2:31 PM by Malachy Friedman

this is the first card that makes the ufc look like the superbowl

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8/16/12 10:14 AM by Van City 604

(Fingers crossed 4 no injuries) This card is shaping up to be the best FREE card of all time, wow. I guess it's to make up for the Calgary card.

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8/15/12 4:32 PM by the islander

 World really must be ending in 2012 for them to put on a show like this for free

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8/15/12 4:00 PM by lauri


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8/15/12 3:31 PM by Matrixkick

Haha I completely forgot about that one! Goes to show you how right you are.

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8/15/12 3:24 PM by BW92

Can't wait for this fckn card!!!

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8/15/12 3:21 PM by Chris27

What card was stacked? I hope you dont mean the last Fox card, Vera in a main event, Swick/DJ, Varner, I mean yes the card ended up being really entertaining but that doesnt make the card stacked on paper.Once again mma fans take a word and completely butcher it. Calling that last FOx card stacked is crazy.You dont really believe that last card was stacked you are just playing a game so its all good.