UFC officials announced a pair of fight bookings for it’s November 12 Fox premier show overnight.
According to a posting on UFC.com, former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson (14-2) will take on Clay Guida (29-8) in a 155-pound affair and top Japanese bantamweight Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-4, 1 NC) will square off against Strikeforce and Shooto veteran Darren Uyenoyama (6-3) in 135-pound action on the card.
Although neither fight will be shown during the one-hour broadcast which will feature only one bout — a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos — UFC president Dana White mentioned last week that they are looking at options to ensure fans can watch the entire card.
A win by Henderson or Guida will likely lead to a title shot considering that in June “The Carpenter” defeated the man who was supposed to be next in line at the winner of Edgar and Maynard — the WEC’s last lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who took the title from “Bendo” last December.
Yamamoto, who lost in his UFC debut to Demetrious Johnson in February will be looking to rebound against his fellow countryman with his first North American win, but in spite of his deceiving record, Uyenoyama is a tough opponent and a win over him won’t come easy, especially in his first Octagon appearance since he’ll be fighting like his career is on the line.
Main Card (On Fox)
Heavyweight Championship Bout
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos