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Henderson and Diaz fight in the main event of UFC on FOX 5The fight card for “UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz” is the best that they’ve put together in a long time. I can’t remember the last event they’ve had with four fights big enough to be worth putting on a poster. Maybe they are returning to their old ways, or maybe they’ve learned a terrible lesson from balancing huge events on one fight and then suffering huge losses when one fighter gets hurt and they have no backup plan at all. For this show, there could’ve been six terrible car accidents and they still would’ve had a fight worth calling a main event.Ben Henderson vs. Nate DiazNeither Henderson nor Diaz use a lot of strategy. Instead, they just fight using their own tools without much concern for their opponents’ skills. This time, however, it just so happens that Hendersons strengths are Diaz’ weaknesses. The Diaz brothers really don’t deal well with being kicked, for example. Carlos Condit proved that when he beat Nick Diaz by kicking and running away. Donald Cerrone was out-kicking Nate Diaz when they fought and could’ve used the same cowardly game-plan to win but chose to box with Diaz instead and lost a decision because of it. Ben Henderson is a black belt in taekwondo and kicks like an enraged ostrich. That is not good for Diaz. Neither is the fact that Henderson is an amazing wrestler and impossible to submit. Anyone who saw his fight with Cerrone knows that. Henderson was in deep chokes and armlocks again and again but casually slipped out each time. I honestly wonder if he has bones or circulating blood like the rest of us. My bet: Henderson by decision.BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonaldBJ Penn used to be in the same “pound for pound” ranking as Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva. He was one of the very best on Earth. Now that he is older, people aren’t including him on that list and he’s mad about that. For this fight, he’s saying he’s going to show people what he’s capable of. What he fails to understand though is that there’s a big difference between what he is able to do these days and what he was able to do back in the day. Cutting to 155lbs for example. He can’t do that anymore. Now he’s back at 170lbs and facing an opponent who is in his prime and at his proper weight. Penn is still an amazing fighter and a living legend but he is on his way out whether he wants to admit it or not while MacDonald is on his way in. My bet: MacDonald by TKO. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander GustafssonPenn hasn’t had a wake-up call to welcome him to the new generation of fighters but Rua has. The beating that Jon Jones gave him was the start of his retirement, or at least the end of his career as a legitimate threat to the title. Now he is relegated to the same category as Rich Franklin and Penn along with everyone else who the fans love although they’ll never wear the belt again. Here, Gustafsson has a chance to step into the role of top contender and the UFC wants him to win because nobody wants to see Rua fight Jon Jones again, including Rua. My bet: Gustafsson by decision.Mike Swick vs. Matt BrownBelieve it or not, Swick was one of the guys on the very first “Ultimate Fighter” and had his first UFC fight in 2005. That same year was Brown’s first-ever MMA fight and he didn’t make it into the octagon for another three years. Even though they are almost both the same age, it feels like Swick is a grisly old veteran and Brown is still a hungry young up-and-comer. Swick will probably win as he has more experience fighting higher-level and more highly-skilled guys but it doesn’t matter because the line-up for a shot at the belt at 170 is like rush-hour traffic and nobody is moving anywhere. My bet: Swick by TKO.
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This has been a fight that the fans have wanted since Diaz was in Strikeforce. Diaz clearly gets under the skin of the champion and GSP has had enough. Instead of taking on #1 contender Johnny Hendricks or fighting in the “superfight” with Anderson, GSP asked Dana White to make the fight with Diaz. Whether or not you think Diaz ‘deserves’ the fight, this is the fight...
Full results from Seattle, Washington for UFC on FOX 5. Diaz was slightly over but will have no problem losing the .6 pounds. Main Card: Lightweight champion Ben Henderson (154.6) vs. Challenger Nate Diaz (155.6) *Diaz has to lose .6 pounds to be qualified to fight for the title.* Alexander Gustafsson (205.4) vs. Mauricio Rua [...]
The UFC on FOX 5 pre- fight press conference took place earlier today inside of the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. As far as pre-fight press conferences go, I'd have to say this was one of the most entertaining, meaningful, and star studded UFC pressers I've witnessed in my handful of years covering the sport.
I've attached the full presser below along with a bonus...
6'0" 155 lbs (Lightweight)
76" reach, Southpaw
April 16, 1985
16-7 (UFC: 11-5)
3 straight wins
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Lightweight Champion: 2007
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I’ve been waiting for this UFC on For 5 card for far to long…Lets get it on.
Georges Requests Nick Diaz
Nate Diaz Does A Little Shopping
Nate Diaz isn’t always the most well spoken guy in the world and can be as brash his brother Nick in the octagon. One thing I know for sure, Diaz is going to bring the fight to Benson. War Diaz.
Nate Diaz Does A Little Shopping
Nate Hangs With His Buddies
The lightweight title is on the line at UFC on FOX 5 when champion Ben Henderson takes on challenger Nate Diaz.
The stacked main card also features the return of MMA legend BJ Penn who takes on welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald. In addition, the next number one light heavyweight contender will be determined when Alexander Gustafsson meets Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The Key Arena...
If you didn’t know before, you certainly know now. The mantra with the talented Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu squad has been and forever will be, “Bros before belts.”
With Strikeforce reportedly set to close its doors following their January 12th show, reigning Strikeforce lightweight king Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) finds himself in a sticky predicament. His homie Nate Diaz challenges...
The official weigh-ins for “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” take place today inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Stream Friday’s weight contest live right here on 5thRound.com starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Nate Diaz (Pictured) challenges lightweight champ Benson Henderson for his crown in Friday’s featured attraction. A light heavyweight top contender bout between Mauricio...
During Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) jokingly hoped none of the athletes in attendance fell on stage and hurt themselves before Saturday’s scraps. Given the rash of injuries that have ravaged several Octagon shows in 2012, the tongue-in-cheek comment carried a sense of seriousness to it.
While none of “UFC on FOX: Henderson...
All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” event will be tipping the scale today inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Please click HERE if you would like to stream today’s weight competition.
Benson Henderson (Pictured) puts his lightweight belt...
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE -- Since he came to the UFC, Benson Henderson knows nothing other than victory.
He's won all five of his fights since stepping into the octagon under the UFC banner, including winning the lightweight championship over Frankie Edgar in UFC 144 and then defending the title last August with a split decision victory in the rematch.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship have been criticized relentlessly from fans and media alike for in
Sitting atop of the bill is a pair of supremely talented lightweights who vie for divisional supremancy, throw in two highly-touted prospects against former UFC champions in the biggest tests of their respective careers and for the sprinkles and topping on the top we get a main card...
Here is UFC president Dana White on the cover of Fighters Only magazine. Dana had a rough year with all the injuries, hopefully 2013 will be better on that end.
Nate Diaz Does A Little Shopping
Dana White UFC on FOX Henderson vs. Diaz Vlog
The UFC will hold their traditional pre-fight press conference today for UFC on FOX 5 at 12pm PT/3pm ET at the Seattle Center Pavilion inside KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
Expected to be in attendance are UFC President Dana White, as well as lightweight champ Benson Henderson and challenger Nate Diaz, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson, B.J. Penn and Rory...