After a lackluster second attempt on Fox earlier this year, the UFC is returning to Fox with a four fight card full of top fighters. The top two fights on the card have potential title fight opportunities in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. If that was not enough, there is a key fight in the middleweight division and two excellent strikers will do battle.
Kicking off the action is a heavyweight division battle as Pat “HD” Barry (7-4-0) competes against Lavar “Big” Johnson (16-5-0). Pat Barry recently ended a two fight losing streak at UFC On FX I when he defeated Christian Morecraft by TKO. Lavar Johnson is currently undefeated in UFC competition, having defeated Joey Beltran by TKO at UFC On Fox II. This will easily be the best striking battle on the whole card, but it will be Lavar Johnson pulling out the victory in the end.
We move to the middleweight division for the next fight as Alan “The Talent” Belcher (17-6-0) battles Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (14-3-0). Alan Belcher enters the fight riding a three fight winning streak, most notably defeating Patrick Cote at UFC 113. Rousimar Palhares also has a three fight winning streak heading into this fight, last defeating Mike Massenzio at UFC 142. This fight could determine the next title challenger in the division, but it will be Rousimar Palhares getting the duke.
Up next is a welterweight division fight as Johny Hendricks (12-1-0) takes on Josh “Kos” Koscheck (17-5-0). Johny Hendricks is coming off of the biggest win of his career, defeating Jon Fitch in under a minute at UFC 141. Josh Koscheck has won two straight since losing his UFC Welterweight Title opportunity, last defeating Mike Pierce at UFC 143. A title shot is on the line for Johny Hendricks according to Dana White and it will be a title shot that the fighter earns.
Headlining the card is a lightweight division fight as Nate Diaz (15-7-0) does battle with Jim Miller (21-3-0). Nate Diaz enters the fight riding a two fight winning streak, most notably defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 141. Jim Miller rebounded from his title eliminator loss to Ben Henderson at UFC On Versus V by defeating Melvin Guillard at UFC On FX I. A title shot will most likely go to the winner of this one and that winner is going to be Jim Miller in the end.
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