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Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson set for UFC on FOX 7 in April

Josh Thomson. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Recent UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz will welcome former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson back to the UFC in a lightweight affair slated for UFC on FOX 7, which is scheduled to take place on April 20 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The UFC officially announced the bout this afternoon.

Thomson has not competed in the UFC since a three-fight stint that ended at UFC 49 in August 2004 when Thomson suffered a highlight-reel KO loss to Yves Edwards by way of a flying head kick.

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UFC on Fox 5 Quick Results

Main Card:
Benson Henderson def. Nathan Diaz - Decision (Unanimous)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua - Decision (Unanimous)
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn - Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick - KO (Punches)

Preliminary Fights:
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens - KO (Punches & Elbows)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton - Decision (Unanimous)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor - Decision (Unanimous)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez - KO (Kick)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur - TKO (Knees)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Previewing UFC on Fox 5: The Main Card

Benson Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The UFC hits Seattle on Saturday night with UFC on Fox 5 which is arguably their most stacked card of the year. In the main event, Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against Nate Diaz. Henderson, who is riding a five fight winning streak, will look to prove his doubters wrong when he takes on the versatile Stockton, California native.

The card also includes an intriguing welterweight matchup between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald. Penn, who is coming out of retirement, has a lot to prove after a lackluster two years in the octagon. He’ll be in tough with MacDonald who has consistently looked stronger with each outing.

Rounding out the main card is a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson plus a welterweight clash between Mike Swick and Matt Brown.

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UFC on Fox 5: “Road to the Octagon” Video



The video above is the UFC’s latest promotional tool, ‘Road to the Octagon’, which takes an in-depth look at the fighters on Saturday’s UFC on Fox 5 card. 

UFC on Fox 5 is headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The card also features BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

The Daily Recap: Three Fights to Headline Stacked UFC on FOX 5, OneFC and Invicta News & More

Benson Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

For those complaining about the lack of depth for UFC cards recently, the announcement of a title fight and two high-profile bouts between contenders for the UFC's next show on FOX should be enough to generate some excitement again.

UFC on FOX 5 will be headlined by Benson Henderson, who defended his UFC lightweight championship just this past weekend against Frankie Edgar, taking on Nate Diaz in a 155 lb title bout.

Also featured on the network television broadcast will be decorated veteran Mauricio "Shogun" Rua facing top rising light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson and the return of future hall-of-famer B.J. Penn against highly-touted youngster Rory MacDonald.

The show will take place on December 8 at a location yet to be announced. A fourth fight will also be featured on the main card and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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What’s Next After UFC 150?

Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Complex Magazine.

Whether we agree with it or not, Benson Henderson is still the UFC lightweight champion and Frankie Edgar is headed back to the drawing board for the first time in four years.

UFC 150 provided us with another potential storm of controversy at 155 lbs, but UFC president Dana White is determined to move forward within the division. At this point, who can blame him? The title’s last six defenses have featured the same four fighters.

So as promised, Henderson will defend the belt against top contender Nate Diaz later this year, while Edgar faces a multitude of questions regarding his future, none more prevalent than the option to drop to featherweight – a move that would appease many.

What about the other fighters that competed in Denver this past weekend? Well, here’s a list of potential matchups the UFC could make down the line.

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The Daily Recap: Two Bouts Set for UFC 145, Ken Stone Catches Injury Bug & More

Mark Hominick. Photo by Al Iaquinta/Sherdog.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC today announced a pair of bouts for UFC 145, which is slated for the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 24. Mark Hominick will attempt to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout against California fight scene veteran Eddie Yagin. In addition, skilled grappler Mark Bocek will lock horns in a pivotal lightweight affair against "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Matt Wiman. [UFC.com]

— Just one day after it was announced that Ken Stone would face Mike Easton on the undercard of UFC on FX 1, the Massachusetts native has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury suffered during a recent training session. A replacement opponent for Easton has not yet been named. [MMA Weekly]

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The Daily Recap: Sengoku Postpones April Event, Carano Returns to Training & More


Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— World Victory Road, parent company of Sengoku Raiden Championships, announced that they have postponed a planned April show due to a negative article printed in the March issue of Gong Kakutougi discussing how fighters sign bout agreements the day before or of a show, long a Japanese way of doing things in MMA. SRC officials worry that they will lose key sponsor Don Quijote and have requested an apology from the author. [MMAFighting.com]

— Gina Carano, once the sport's most popular female fighter, has returned to training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Carano has not competed since falling to Strikeforce 145 lb women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos in August 2009 due to acting commitments. [Xtreme Couture]

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 19: The Main Card


Melvin Guillard. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

One of the more busy weeks in MMA will kick off on Wednesday when the UFC holds UFC Fight Night 19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before premiering the first episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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All Fighters on Weight for UFC Fight Night 19


Nate Diaz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 event, which takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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