As if UFC on FOX wasn’t important enough, November 12 has added another big time fight to the card as lightweights Ben Henderson and Clay Guida have verbally agreed to meet on the inaugural FOX event. The lightweight showdown will likely determine the next contender for the UFC 155 lb pound strap currently held by Frankie Edgar. Even though the fight is scheduled to be the co-main event of the evening, only the main event of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos is guaranteed to be televised on FOX. However, considering the importance of the fight, one would believe that UFC will do their best to get the fight on air.
News of the bout was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
A former WEC lightweight champion, Henderson lost the WEC 155 lb title at last WEC event ever in a back and forth fight against Anthony Pettis. Henderson shook off the loss in his UFC debut though, defeating grappler Mark Bocek at UFC 129. “Smooth” followed that up with the best performance of his career at UFC on Versus 5, putting a beat down on top contender Jim Miller, snapping Miller’s seven fight win streak and dominating the New Jersey native like no one before. With the victory, Henderson immediately put himself into UFC title contention.
Guida is no stranger to ruining the title hopes of former WEC champions. In his last bout, Guida pressured and constantly took down the previously mentioned Pettis, picking a unanimous decision victory. Pettis was originally scheduled to get an immediate UFC lightweight title shot when the UFC and WEC merged, but took a fight with Guida instead so Edgar and Gray Maynard could square off again following their draw at UFC 125. With the victory over “Showtime” Guida upped his winning streak to four fights, adding to victories over Takanori Gomi, Rafael dos Anjos, and Shannon Gugerty.
UFC on FOX 1 is scheduled for November 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.