Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brendan Schaub before fighting Ben Rothwell fights in a heavyweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Rothwell won the bout by technical knockout in the first round. Photo Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
UFC on FOX 5 has some brand new fights. The biggest fight was announced by officials today, as Brendan Schaub takes on Lavar Johnson in a potential heavyweight slugfest. This has the high potential for a highlight reel KO, which probably makes it the 4th main card fight of the evening. Two rescheduled fights from the canceled UFC 151 also move to the preliminary card, and Mike Swick takes on Matt Brown in what should also be another highly entertaining fight. (From the UFC's website)
UFC on FOX 5's stacked card has added even more star power, with heavyweight power punchers Lavar "Big" Johnson and Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub verbally agreeing to fight December 8 in Seattle, Washington.
Verbals are also in for two of the most exciting fighters in the welterweight division to meet as Matt "The Immortal" Brown takes on Mike "Quick" Swick at that event.
In addition, two lightweight bouts originally booked for the cancelled UFC 151 have been bumped to the Seattle date: Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez and Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo.
Schaub was a runner-up to Roy Nelson in the TUF 10 season finale but strung together a good winning streak to set him up for a title run. Consecutive KO losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell have set that back significantly. Johnson seems to be a UFC on FOX regular, this being his 3rd fight on FOX and 4th fight overall this year. The former Strikeforce HW starched Joey Beltran and Pat Barry before Stefan Struve submitted him at UFC 146.
Swick, who just signed a new UFC contract today, returned to action after a 2+ year layoff to KO DaMarques Johnson at UFC on FOX 4 three weeks ago. Matt Brown, whose Seattle ties come from training with Matt Hume, has rallied from the precipice of a UFC release to go 3-0 so far in 2012.
Cruickshank vs. Martinez and Means vs. Trujillo were originally on the preliminary card of UFC 151 and will be on the preliminary card for this one. This leaves only Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin as the only fight from 151 without a new home.
You can take a look at the current card after the jump.
Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (UFC Lightweight Championship)
Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson
Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez