UFC on Fox 5 Fight Card: Top MMA Fighters to Watch for on Saturday Night

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIDecember 8, 2012

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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UFC has put together an exciting card for a network audience, and fans will have the opportunity to watch several of the sports’ stars without shelling out a pay-per-view fee.

The main card will start at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8 with Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz squaring off in the marquee fight.

In addition to the main event, several other fighters are sure to show off their talent and skill in the octagon. From the first bell in each bout, spectators will be thoroughly entertained.

Here are the fighters to watch for in this event.


Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz

Dana White saved the best for last in this event, and the two top fighters to watch will be going toe-to-toe in the final bout of the evening.

Benson Henderson currently holds the lightweight belt and narrowly defended it against Frankie Edgar in his last fight. He will want to prove his superiority over his division and will be trying not to leave any doubt over the result.

But Nate Diaz provides an excellent matchup and has won his last three fights. He is a deserving challenger who is remarkably consistent and a fantastic striker.

This fight will be closely contested, and while expectations will be high, neither fighter will disappoint.


Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

With an awesome nickname in addition to explosive striking and takedown abilities, it is no surprise that Shogun Rua is a UFC star. 

But the Brazilian has not won consecutive fights since knocking out Chuck Lidell in 2009. He has lost to Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson since that fight.

However, his last six victories have all come via knock out or technical knockout, and four of those fights ended in the first round. Rua is an extremely dangerous man in the octagon, and his fight with Alexander Gustafsson could be over quickly.

But the Swede is an up-and-comer in the light heavyweight decision, and is in the biggest fight of his career. He may be up to the challenge, but also faces the danger of ending up on the canvas soon after the bell rings.


Mike Swick

The last time Swick got in the ring in front of a network audience, he gave the fans exactly what they had been hoping for and delivered the Knockout of the Night.

He caught DeMarques Johnson’s attempted kick and threw him to ground, then finished the fight by landing a vicious punch to Johnson’s face.

When he takes the ring on Saturday night against Matt Brown, spectators will be hoping for more fireworks from his fight. As he proved against Johnson, Swick is capable of producing thrilling moments when healthy.

While the two fighters are evenly matched, Swick is the one to watch for, as he is more likely to deliver a memorable knockout.