Diaz vs. Miller Set as UFC on Fox 3 Main Event; Barry vs. Johnson on Tap for Main Card

February 2, 2012
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The UFC on Fox 3 fight card now has its main event along with a heavyweight battle that has fireworks written all over it.

First off, the main event is a fight that everyone already knew about after UFC president Dana White announced it just over a week ago.

Lightweight contenders Jim Miller and Nate Diaz will square of in a five-round main event on May 5 in Miller’s home state of New Jersey, with the winner more than likely gaining a shot at the UFC lightweight strap in 2012.

The bout was already set for the UFC on Fox 3 card, but now it’s officially the main event.

White confirmed last week during the UFC on Fox 2 festivities that the bout between Miller and Diaz would most likely be a No. 1 contender’s bout.

In addition to Miller vs. Diaz, a heavyweight scrap has been added to the card featuring highly popular fighter Pat Barry taking on Strikeforce transplant and recent Knockout of the Night recipient Lavar Johnson.

MMAWeekly.com first learned of the possibility of the Barry vs. Johnson fight just 24 hours removed from the latter’s fight at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago, and now the match-up is official.

Barry competed just a week prior when he knocked out Christian Morecraft at UFC on FX 1, and he’ll likely be in for another stand-up war when he faces the heavy handed Johnson at UFC on Fox 3 in New Jersey.

Barry vs. Johnson will be on the main televised card for the Fox show.

The UFC on Fox 3 card takes place at the IZOD Center in New Jersey on Saturday, May 5, and will air live on Fox.


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  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    If this is as good as the card gets, I predict the ratings decline continues from 1 > 2 > 3

    • RonnieV

      Why? Nate has 5 fight of the nights! UFC knows they have to promote guys that actually fight after the last two FOX fights.

    • bajafox

      A free possible number one contender fight isn’t good enough for you? You’re hard to please…

      This card is looking great, hope they announce a 3rd bout for the main card

  • RonnieV

    BTW, I know both Diaz brothers, and I’m more excited than they are.

  • zacharydetal

    I agree Ron. I think this will be an entertaining fight. Hard to pick a favorite.

  • ajmadic

    Jim’s wrestling will win him the fight.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Should be a good fight. Hope Miller doesn’t go into full “wrestler mode” to get the win though. Wrestling has always been the weak point in Nate’s game and If I was Miller that’s where I’d focus my attention. Good game plan for picking up a win but not good from an entertainment standpoint.

  • Triggerman99

    I’m not sure how to call this one. One the one hand, Miller could probably outwrestle Diaz all night. But on the other hand, it’s not exactly a safe bet to take down Nate Diaz. I guess it’s up to Miller if he wants to try and get it to the ground, because if he tries to stand with Diaz, he’s gonna lose.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Not what my post said necessarily. My post said:

    championship fight > two number one contenders fights > one number one contender fight

  • D-rail

    Hells yeah! These are good bouts so far. All the talk about Miller’s wrestling, but have we forgot when he fought “The Dentist” and beat him. He also trains with Gil and if Miller decides to stand, its in the bag no doubt. But Pat barry vs Lavar Johnson has “Knock out of the knight” written all over it. Can’t wait for this one, Pat would be great at either 205 or 185, he’s got sick stand up and power, but Lavar is good where he’s at.

  • MikeMc1983

    Uncanny, I knew what you meant, and your right. Each card has had less on the line. Also, each card has had lesser “names.”
    That should translate to lower ratings. Us mma fans that respect these guys are going to watch the cards anyhow. Better “fights” doesn’t mean better numbers. Better names do.