At the UFC 145 post-fight press conference we asked UFC president Dana White what he thought of the fights that night given that people had been underestimating the undercard to that event because of the Jones-Evans backdrop.
“The main event was so big it just overshadowed the entire card. This [UFC 145] was a great card, we knew it was a great card,” said White.
Fight week for UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller is here and the card might be experiencing the same as the undercard for UFC 145, although for very different reasons. UFC on FOX 3 is going up against one of the biggest boxing fights in recent times, Floyd Mayweather versus Puerto Rico’s own, Miguel Cotto.
As if that wasn’t distraction enough, UFC on FOX 3 is also running up against all the turmoil around UFC 146. Overeem dropped from the card, Fank Mir bumped to the main event against Dos Santos, Gonzaga brought in to face Roy Nelson so Antonio Silva could face Cain Velasquez, and now Gonzaga is injured and dropped from the fight against Nelson only to see Dave Herman replace him.
But truth be told, it is a huge mistake to overlook the UFC on FOX 3 card, especially the main event. Diaz vs. Miller has been confirmed as a title contention eliminator bout. Both Nate Diaz and Jim Miller—with very few exceptions—are fighters that are sure to bring fireworks to the Octagon. Be ready for all sorts of submission attempts, escapes, and transitions. This will be a five rounds affair so it could also turn into another marathon of a beating like the one Diaz put on Donald Cerrone.
Nate Diaz has also won seven performance bonuses in his last 14 fights in the UFC. Jim Miller on the other hand, debuted in the UFC with “Submission of the Night” honors and has four performance bonuses in 12 outings. Any doubts that this will be an epic fight?
The co-main event—a welterweight scrap between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks—is almost a guaranteed candidate for some kind of performance bonus, well at least Hendricks is.
Hendricks comes out with a 12-1 record, his only defeat to the hands of Rick Story by unanimous decision, has seven of his 12 wins via KO or TKO and was awarded “Knockout of the Night” twice in his last three fights. Not to mention, Hendricks comes from humiliating who’s thought to be the best wrestler in the division, Jon Fitch, with a 12 second, first round knockout.
Koscheck brings the most experience between the two with 22 fights under his belt and is no stranger to nightly bonuses. Koscheck-Hendricks poses as one of the most interesting welterweight scraps in 2012.
And then you have Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher and Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson to complete the main card. Will Palhares take home another leg for his collection? Palhares has submitted seven of the 10 opponents he has beaten by way of some kind of leg lock, the heel hook being the most frequent.
Alan Belcher seems to think otherwise. “He will feel it right away when he tries to grapple with me or go for my legs. They just won't be there, I will block and avoid, break him down and really frustrate him. I am going to surprise some people," Belcher told MMAWeekly.
And then the big men roll in. Lavar Johnson, youngest brother od Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, one of the former Strikeforce heavies brought to the UFC to reinforce the division, takes on a very game Pat “HD” Barry, just after taking Joey Beltran out via knockout in the first round in his UFC debut.
14 knockouts in 16 wins for Johnson against six knockouts in seven wins for Barry, and people keep talking about Overeem? Like Frank “The Tank” said in the movie Old School: “You're crazy. I like you, but you're crazy.”
The prelims are equally stacked with very interesting matchups and UFC on FOX 3 is not to be underestimated or overlooked. Here’s the full card, for more details on UFC on FOX 3 and other events, stay tuned to www.themmatruth.com.
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Lightweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher
Heavyweight bout: Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
Flyweight bout: John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
Welterweight bout: John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Flyweight bout: Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Lightweight bout: Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Featherweight bout: Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Bantamweight bout: Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
Middleweight bout: United States Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Originally posted at The MMA Truth.