UFC on FOX 3: Anthony Ferguson vs Michael Johnson booked for May 5 with Thiago Tavares hurt

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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 winner Anthony Ferguson looks to continue his undefeated run through the UFC lightweight division when he makes a trip to the "Garden State" later this year to battle fellow TUF guy Michael Johnson at the UFC on FOX 3 event booked for May 5, 2012, from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford.

He was originally expected to face off against Dennis Hallman Thiago Tavares; however, UFC officials today announced the Brazilian was felled by injury and replaced by Johnson.

Ferguson (13-3) graduated at the top of his TUF class by beating the brakes off fellow finalist Ramsey Nijem. That set up a jaw-breaking win over Aaron Riley followed by a unanimous decision victory over the venerable YYves Edwards.

Can "El Cucuy" scare up another "W" in Dirty Jersey?

Standing in his way will be Johnson (10-6), who's looking to string together consecutive wins for the first time in over two years.

"The Menace" failed to capture the TUF crown after a unanimous decision loss to Jonathan Brookins in the 2010 live finale. He's since sandwiched a loss to Paul Sass between wins over Edward Faaloloto and Shane Roller.

Is this going to be his breakout fight?

UFC on FOX 3 will be headlined by a lightweight fight featuring Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz. The victor is widely-expected to move on to face the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson, who rematch later this year.

For more details on the promotion's return to the FOX network click here.

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