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.