Original speculation regarding the UFC on Fox shows was itwould be an extension of TUF where the fighters the fans are more familiar withthrough that reality show would have “safer” competition than a UFCpay-per-view, a chance to build themselves up without being “given” wins. UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller (aka UFC on Fox3) proves that incorrect so far with a card that if it had a title fight wouldmake a good pay-per-view. The eventtakes place May 5th at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ with prelims onboth Facebook and Fuel TV.
Since returning to lightweight Nate Diaz won “Submission of the Night” (armbarover Takanori Gomi at UFC 135) and “Fight of the Night” (unanimous decisionover Donald Cerrone at UFC 141) bringing his bonus total to five “Fight of theNight” and three for “Submission of the Night”. Jim Miller has “only” won three SoN and one FoN bonus but his win ratiois better with a UFC record of 10-2, 21-3 overall losing to former WEC championBenson Henderson last August Miller and defeating Melvin Guillard by rear-nakedchoke in January as his latest two. Bothhave incredible ground games and aggressive standup making this a perfect mainevent.
With one of the most impressive records Johny Hendricks returns for the co-mainevent, this time to face Josh Koscheck. Hendricks has only lost once, a unanimous decision to Rick Story, whichhe followed with three more wins, most recently a KO of Jon Fitch in December. Koscheck lost his battle for the title tocurrent UFC champion Georges St. Pierre in December 2010 before defeatingfellow wrestlers Matt Hughes and Mike Pierce in September 2011 and Februaryrespectively. This may not turn out tobe the most exciting fight on the card but it’s a chance to test whereHendricks truly is and a chance for fans to see Koscheck fight again.
Don’t miss the prelims on Fuel TV where TUF 14 winner John Dodson returns. Dodson won “Knockout of the Night” for hisTKO of T.J. Dillashaw in December, now he tries to welcome Tim Elliott to theUFC by breaking the RFA vet’s 8-fight win streak. Also on the Fuel TV undercard former ROCchampion Louis Gaudinot comes off a loss in his UFC debut to take on JohnLineker who makes his UFC debut with thirteen wins in a row, 19-5 overall.
MW: Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
BW: Roland Delorme vs. Nick Dennis
Prelims (Fuel TV):
FW: Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
LW: Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
WW: John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Flyweight: John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
LW: Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
HW: Pat Barry vs. Laval Johnson
MW: Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher
WW: Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks
LW: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller