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.
Other news and notes
Popular female fighting promotion Invicta FC announced the full 13-bout fight card for its next upcoming event on October 6 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Jessica Penne and Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama will headline the card in a meeting for the promotion's inaugural atomweight (105 lbs) title. There's a slew of other notable matchups on the card: Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah D'Alelio, Barb Honchak vs. Aisling Daly, Tara LaRosa vs. Vanessa Porto and Julia Budd vs. Elaina Maxwell among others. [Invicta FC]
Longtime Japanese veteran Shinya Aoki has been announced as the featured attraction for OneFC's October 6 show Singapore against French muay thai specialist Arnaud Lepont. Aoki will reportedly remain the headliner for the promotion's August 31 event, which features a number of former UFC veterans, including former champions Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia and Jens Pulver. A trio of title fights is also scheduled for the October 6 show as well. [MMA Weekly]
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