UFC on Fox 5 comes to us on Saturday, Dec. 8, and is already the talk of the MMA world. Despite having several exciting fight cards in the coming months, this event features exciting matchups between big names in multiple divisions.
With an already stacked card, including a lightweight championship bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz, along with Shogun Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson and BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald, it is clear that the UFC is attempting to finally generate the huge numbers it's been looking for.
There are a few schools of thought on the opening bout. Some feel that it should be between stars who are going to put on an entertaining scrap and that name value isn't as important as the quality of action. Others think that another top name should be thrown in the mix to generate interest.
Keeping both mentalities in mind, I've put together a list of five fights that cover the entire spectrum. Some are bouts with "Fight of the Night" written all over them, while some keep in line with the "How is this on free television?" theme that the UFC has already started.
Here is a list of five fights to consider as the opening bout for UFC on Fox 5.