Thanksgiving is over, so now it’s back to business for the UFC. The mixed martial arts promotion’s next show takes place December 8th on primetime television.
“UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” marks the Octagon’s 2012 finale on FOX, and they are going out with a bang by showcasing some of their top talent.
Lightweight champ Benson Henderson defends his crown against Nate Diaz in the featured attraction. Former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua meets up-and-comer Alexander Gustafsson in the night’s co-main event.
BJ Penn will make his anticipated return to action against Rory MacDonald in the card’s third-to-last contest. Welterweights Mike Swick and Matt Brown round out the main card.
The UFC’s Facebook kicks things off by streaming three preliminary bouts live starting at approximately 3:30PM ET/12:30PM PT. FX will then broadcast the remaining six prelims at 5PM ET/2PM PT.
FOX airs the night’s four featured fights live at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Key Arena in Seattle, Washington hosts the bash.
Here is the show’s official agenda:
(Facebook 3:30PM ET/12:30PM PT)
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
(FX 5PM ET/2PM PT)
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
Joe Proctor vs. Ramsey Nijem
Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson (UFC lightweight champion)