With UFC 154 in the books, the next major event on the MMA horizon is UFC on FOX 5, which comes to us on Saturday, December 8.
When ratings for previous FOX showings didn't quite live up to the hopeful expectations of the Zuffa brass, they decided that the best course of action would be to slam the next event full of big names and exciting fights.
The card for the network television broadcast includes four fights:
- UFC Lightweight Championship: Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz
- Shogun Rua vs. Alexander Gustasson
- BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
- Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown
With a world title fight and two former champions on the card, it's clear that the UFC is pulling out all of the stops to ensure that ratings for this event are above their predecessors.
Looking ahead two weeks, let's take a look at the early betting odds and predictions for each contest.