Tune in at 8:00 PM ET for coverage of UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz. Ryan Kelly will be liveblogging the main card for your enjoyment.
Hello and welcome to ScoreMobile's ongoing coverage of the UFC. Tonight we present UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz.
While a cynic may suggest that this card is the result of the UFC's desire to counter-program other combat sports -- in this case the fourth installment of Pacquiao/Marquez -- the rationale behind isn't really relevant. To that end and on paper, it should be a great night of fights.
There are four bouts on the main card, capped by a lightweight title fight between the champion, Ben Henderson, and the challenger, Nate Diaz.
To co-main event is a light heavyweight eliminator fight between Shogun Rua and Alexander Gustafsson. There's also an intriguing welterweight scrap between a legend -- B.J. Penn -- and a rising star -- Rory MacDonald. The main card will kick off with Matt Brown and Mike Swick.
@erik generik Thanks for checking in Erik. I would lean to Henderson at this point, but only slightly.
Worth noting: the favorites -- at least with the bookies -- for the four fights: Mike Swick, Rory MacDonald, Alexander Gustafsson and Ben Henderson.
@Ringside Any predictions on who will deliver them?
@J Main card starts now, Penn/MacDonald is scheduled to be the second fight.
@danman Yeah, those prices -- especially in HD -- have kinda gone wild.
The referee for the opener will be Dan Miragliotta.
A slow pace to start, with both guys circling around. Brown is the first to engage, pushing forward, but not landing anything of significance.
Swick shoots for a half hearted takedown and is easily stuffed.
Brown pushes forward, lands a right hand and then catches Swick off guard and is able to land the takedown.
On the ground he starts out looking for a guillotine, then transitions to a D'arce choke.
Swick is in a spot of bother right here, but he looks to be surviving well.
Two minutes gone in the round.
And Swick is free from the hold. But that has to have had an affect on his energy level.
Swick now with some ground and pound, operating from Brown's closed guard.
Brown is a big-time threat from the bottom, he tried to throw up a triangle and Swick was just able to escape.
Now Brown is able to lock in a triangle.
Swick once again doing well to survive, looking to counter. A minute left in the round.
Brown now pulls back from the choke briefly, which gives Swick the chance to pop free.
Now Swick looking for a submission, trying for a guillotine.
Brown breaks free and they're back to their feet.
On the way up, Brown lands a nice elbow and then follows up with a knee.
A really good, tactical round that is obviously scored for Matt Brown.