UFC on FOX 5: Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz Preview

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

On Saturday, December 8, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will put his title on the line against surging contender Nate Diaz. The match will headline Zuffa's fifth installment of its UFC on FOX series.

Henderson vs. Diaz marks the first time "Smooth" has been tasked to defend his title against someone other than the man he dethroned—Frankie Edgar—and signifies Diaz's first stab at acquiring UFC gold. 

Both Henderson and Diaz have been on impressive runs leading up to their impending showdown, the former coming in on a five-fight win streak that includes a pair of title fight victories, the latter having reeled off a trio of dominant performances.

Also featured on the UFC on FOX 5 fight card is a light heavyweight contest between former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Alexander Gustafsson. The two 205-pounders will square off in a high-stakes game that promises to have its share of fireworks as well as a significant impact on the division's title landscape.

UFC on FOX 5 will host yet another high-profile bout in B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald, a matchup pitting a legend against a prophecy. 

Penn will end his brief 13-month "retirement" to challenge MacDonald, who will being looking to put a feather in his cap by bringing an emphatic end to "The Prodigy's" comeback attempt.

The UFC has released the attached video—which details the aforementioned contests—in preparation of the event. 

What do you say? Does it have you all raring to go for December 8?