UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz preview and fight card

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

California-born Nate Diaz will take on Ben Henderson for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz on December 8.

We've spent some time talking about the future of the Welterweight Division and Nick Diaz, but a more significant matchup concerning a Diaz brother is right around the corner. On Dec. 8, the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington will host UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz.

In the main event, Nate Diaz will challenge Ben Henderson for the Lightweight Championship. Diaz has been on a tear since dropping back down to Lightweight, beating Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, and most recently, he became the first person to finish Jim Miller in the octagon.

Henderson took the title from Frankie Edgar, and then faced him in a rematch that probably should have went Edgar's way, but in some bout of rematch karma, Edgar was sent packing to Featherweight. Diaz, a native of Stockton, CA, has a lot of ways to beat Henderson, so it will be an interesting matchup regardless.

It's a stacked card through and through, though. Mauricio Rua is taking on Alexander Gustafsson in the co-main event, while B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald will face off in the previous match. Finally, Mike Swick and Matt Brown round out the main card.

We've got the full card below, courtesy of Bloody Elbow:

Ben Henderson (17-2) vs. Nate Diaz (16-7) [LW Title]
Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) vs. Mauricio Rua (21-6)
Rory MacDonald (13-1) vs. B.J. Penn (16-8-2)
Matt Brown (15-11) vs. Mike Swick (15-4)

Preliminary Card:

Lavar Johnson (17-6) vs. Brendan Schaub (8-3)
Michael Chiesa (8-0) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6)
Dennis Siver (20-8) vs. Nam Phan (18-10)
Mike Easton (13-1) vs. Bryan Caraway (17-5)
Scott Jorgensen (13-6) vs. John Albert (7-3)
Ramsey Nijem (6-2) vs. Joe Proctor (8-1)
Daron Cruickshank (11-2) vs. Henry Martinez (9-2)
Tim Means (18-3-1) vs. Abel Trujillo (9-4)
Yves Edwards (41-18-1) vs. John Cholish (8-2)

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