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December 1, 2012

David Estrada column: UFC on Fox gears for fifth installment

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

Koshcheck.

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.

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