NEW YORK - MARCH 06: UFC president Dana White (4L) poses with fighters Pat Barry (L), Josh Koscheck (2L), Nate Diaz (3L), Jim Miller (4R), Johny Hendricks (3R), Lavar Johnson (2R) and Alan Belcher (R) on top of the Radio City Music Hall marquee before a press conference on March 06, 2012 in New York City. UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will take place on Saturday, May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
After a reporter at today's UFC on Fox 3 pre-fight press conference expressed dissatisfaction with the UFC on Fox 2 main event between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, which went down on Jan. 28, 2012, from the United Center in Chicago, Ill., Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White defended the job he and UFC matchmaker extraordinaire Joe Silva have done in putting together the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's latest effort on network television.
You see, White doesn't expect Jim Miller and Nate Diaz, who are set to headline UFC on FOX 3 this weekend (May 5, 2012) at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., aren't going to wrestle for 25 minutes like "Suga" and "Mr. Wonderful." And a quick knockout like the one Junior dos Santos scored against Cain Velasquez in the first-ever FOX fiasco is unlikely, too, according to White.
Because as he tells it, each fight on the UFC on Fox 3 main card has been carefully selected to deliver fight fans an exciting night of free MMA action.
White breaks it down:
"You never know, when you put enough good guys on a card, you're bound to get great fights. I don't see Barry and Lavar going to the distance. This fight here (Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher), either he's (Belcher) going to keep it standing and try not to go to the ground, he (Palhares) is going to try and go to the ground and rip his legs off. Ok, one of those things is gonna happen. These two guys (Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks) are both great wrestlers with knockout power. Who knows what's going to happen. On paper these are all great fights. These two (Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller), if this fight sucks, I don't know what to tell you man. I mean, these two are going to go in there and go at it for one round or five rounds they're gonna go. So, I believe that this card is great, we designed this card to stylistically to match up to be a great fight and everyone of these fights means something in these guys career and in this sport."
In other words, stay tuned because Saturday night's fights could be explosive.
Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks will go toe-to-toe in the evenings co-main event as "Bigg Rigg" is also knocking on the floor of a Welterweight title shot should he get past on the wily Koscheck who will head into his first bout since parting ways from his long time training camp, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA.)
And that's apparently just the tip of the iceberg. Impressed?
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