PORT ARTHUR —
The UFC will be returning to free TV Saturday night, Dec. 8 with the
fifth installment of UFC on Fox.
The UFC has toyed with the formula of what types of events to bring to its Fox
airings. The first UFC on Fox featured one bout — a heavyweight championship
tilt between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Their second event on Fox featured more bouts, including two that were
contender-determining bouts. Rashad Evans was pitted against Phil Davis for the
light heavyweight contender spot and Chael Sonnen went up against Michael
Bisping for the middleweight spot.
These challenger fights were important to
the sport, but style-wise they were not entertaining to fans. Evans versus
Davis was a wrestler against wrestler matchup and Sonnen versus Bisping was a
wrestler against someone who had poor wrestling defense. They did not translate
well to television.
The UFC and Fox seemed to wise up with UFC on Fox 3 which hung its hat on
exciting style matchups. Kickboxer Pat Berry kicked off the card with a bout
against Lavar Johnson. The ever-exciting Alan "The Talent" Belcher took on the
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rousimar "Tree Stump" Palhares and knockout
artist Johny Hendricks went head on with one of the UFC's greatest heels in Josh
In the main event BJJ expert Nate Diaz, half of the much maligned
Diaz Brothers, locked horns with superb all around fighter Jim Miller.
UFC on Fox 4 followed the same mold as the preceding event with exciting
fighters and matchups of its own, such as Joe Lauzon versus Jamie Varner and
Shogun Rua versus Brandon Vera.
UFC on Fox 5 will mixe and create a recipe from the previous Fox
events. It's got a championship bout, a title contender bout, and of course,
fan-pleasing exciting matchups.