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UFC on FOX 5 Rundown

|By: Big Jeff Pearce|

 

The best UFC on Fox card goes down this Saturday in Seattle and there isn’t a bad fight on this card.  I know that I have fallen victim to hype before, but there is no way this isn’t going to be a great card.  We have the young gun Rory MacDonald taking on an aging and declining B.J. Penn; we have Ben Henderson going to war with Nate Diaz; Alexander Gustafsson looking to solidify his ascension through his division by taking out Shogun; and finally, we have Mike Swick taking on Matt Brown in what will surely be a rock’em, sock’em, slam him down and beat his face in brawl.  As a nice bonus, the peliminary card on FX has a number of TUF alumni for us TUF fans.  All I know is that my butt is going to be firmly planted on my couch watching this card unfold and if you’re smart, you’ll do the same.

 

Rory MacDonald (13-1-0) vs. B.J. Penn (16-8-2)

 

Rory MacDonald’s cut suffered earlier this year requiring 38 stitches.

I know, shouldn’t I be leading off with the main event?  Well, no.  This is the fight that everyone REALLY wants to see on this card.  These two were supposed to meet up back in September but Rory suffered a very deep cut during training over his right eye and had to pull out like a teenager doing it for the first time.  He received 38 stitches, according to Fighters Only.  B.J. Penn, being the consummate “class act” (those are sarcasm quotes) that he is accused Rory of taking drugs and that Rory’s camp thought that he wouldn’t win because of the cut.  Long story short, Mr. Penn has an axe of bitterness to grind with Tristar Gym no matter what he says.  B.J.’s stock is going down; it is my feeling that Rory is going to get bullish and smash him.  Who did you think I was going to pick, the guy that isn’t Canadian?

 

Benson Henderson (16-2-0) vs. Nate Diaz (16-7-0)

 

These guys are two gamers that are just ready to go at it.  We’ve seen both of these guys in the ring, slinging leather and wow’ing fans.  I don’t expect this to be much different.  This fight is going to go everywhere,; the ground, on the feet and against the cage.  Nate has always said that there’s no shadow better to be in than his brother, but he might surpass his brother and win this belt.  Benson is no slouch and this one is too close to call.  I just flipped a loonie and it came up Diaz (tails).

 

Mauricio Shogun Rua (21-6-0) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1-0)      

 

Alexander Gustafsson is on an upward swing of a 5 win fight steak, sorry, streak.  Rua is 2-2 in his last 4 fights after taking the belt from Lyoto.  We know that both of these guys like to stand and trade and we know that Gustafsson will go for submissions and is not afraid of the ground.  Rua, not so much – his last submission win coming over Kevin “Matt Riddle owes me money” Randelman in 2006.  If Gustafsson wins this fight, it catapults him into the upper echelon of competition.  If he loses, he goes back down the ladder.  Rua wants the belt back and has a lot at steak – oops, sorry – stake here too.  This could go either way but I am feeling that someone is getting finished.

 

Here’s the full fight card:

MAIN CARD

Lightweight

Benson Henderson

VS.

Nate Diaz

Light Heavy

Mauricio Rua

VS.

Alexander Gustafsson

Welterweight

B.J. Penn

VS.

Rory MacDonald

Welterweight

Mike Swick

VS.

Matt Brown

PRELIMINARY CARD

Lightweight

Yves Edwards

VS.

Jeremy Stephens

Bantamweight

Raphael Assuncao

VS.

Mike Easton

Lightweight

Ramsey Nijem

VS.

Joe Proctor

Lightweight

Daron Cruickshank

VS.

Henry Martinez

Lightweight

Tim Means

VS.

Abel Trujillo

Featherweight

Dennis Siver

VS.

Nam Phan

Bantamweight

Scott Jorgensen

VS.

John Albert

 

Check out the Road To The Octagon for UFC on FOX 5, it’s pretty friggin’ great:

 

 

 

By |December 6th, 2012|Archives|

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