Diaz (pictured) gets main event duty against Jim Miller May 5 on
Fox. | Photo: Dave Mandel
The UFC's second venture on Fox is just barely in the books, but
its third edition is already getting put to paper.
The promotion announced via its official Twitter account late
Wednesday evening that UFC
on Fox 3, set for May 5 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford,
N.J., will be headlined by a five-round lightweight main event
between Jim Miller
Diaz and will also feature a potential firefight by heavyweight
hitters Pat Barry and
Diaz, 26, enters the bout after two back-to-back thrilling wins
over all-time lightweight great Takanori
Gomi and fellow contender Donald
Cerrone. After tapping Gomi at UFC
135 in September, the Stockton, Ca., native thrashed Cerrone in
December, setting a FightMetric record for most
significant strikes landed in a single fight with 238, en route to
a breakout unanimous decision win.
On Jan. 20, Miller rebounded from his August loss to UFC
lightweight No. 1 contender Ben
Henderson by tapping out Melvin
Guillard in just over two minutes at the UFC
on FX 1. The 28-year-old New Jerseyan is 8-1 in his last nine
bouts, and holds a 10-2 mark inside the Octagon.
The 32-year-old Barry also found victory at UFC
on FX 1 in Nashville, knocking out the much larger Christian
Morecraft in the first round of their “Fight of the
Night”-garnering contest, evening his UFC record at 4-4.
Johnson, 34, will make his appearance on a UFC on Fox card, as he
made a scintillating promotional debut on the UFC
on Fox 2 undercard, punching out fellow slugger Joey
Beltran to earn “Knockout of the Night” honors.
Johnson also was on the bill the last time that East Rutherford's
Izod Center played host to major MMA in February 2011, hosting
first heavyweight grand prix event. On the same night that
Silva upset heavyweight icon Fedor
Emelianenko, Johnson was armbarred by unbeaten Shane del
Rosario in the first round.