Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 8/15/12

The UFC is pulling out all the stops for their final FOX card of 2012. Our partners at USAToday have confirmed a trio of blockbuster bouts for the December 8th lineup.

For the first time since the Octagon’s primetime television debut, a title will be up for grabs on free TV. Nate Diaz (Pictured) challenges lightweight champ Benson Henderson for his crown in the show’s featured attraction.

Former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who just starred in the UFC’s most recent show on FOX, meets up-and-comer Alexander Gustafsson in the night’s co-main event.

BJ Penn will make his anticipated return to action against Rory MacDonald in the card’s third-to-last contest.

One yet-to-be announced bout will round out the four-fight main card. Additionally, a venue to host the shindig will be reported within the coming weeks.

Henderson collected a highly controversial split decision victory over Frankie Edgar this past Saturday at UFC 151 to earn his first successful title defense. Diaz solidified his top contender status by steamrolling Jim Miller in May.

Shogun posted a TKO win on a rejuvenated Brandon Vera just 11 days ago. Gustafsson nabbed his fifth consecutive W by beating Thiago Silva in April. Shogun marks “The Mauler’s” toughest test to date.

Penn and MacDonald were slotted to collide at UFC 152 until MacDonald had to withdraw from the September 22nd tussle after receiving a nasty gash on his forehead.

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