After further consideration, the lightweight bout between Nate Diaz (Pictured) and Jim Miller will in fact headline the UFC’s return to FOX. In addition, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion added a heavyweight slugfest with Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson to the May 5th fiesta.
UFC president Dana White initially suggested they might look to land a more blockbuster featured attraction, but it appears the organization has decided the 155-pound affair warrants top billing. Daiz and Miller will battle in a five-round fight.
Barry and Johnson are both coming off vicious knockout victories. After dropping two straight scraps, “HD” collected a much-needed win by putting Christian Morecraft to sleep last month at “UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.”
Johnson made his big league debut in spectacular fashion by forcing Joey Beltran to face plant in the 1stRound of their 265-pound contest.
The Barry and Johnson shootout was confirmed for the show’s main card.
IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosts the festivities.
Here are the athletes slated to appear in the Octagon’s return to primetime television:
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Tony Ferguson vs. Dennis Hallman
Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller (Five-Round Fight)