Tavares will replace an injured Dennis
Hallman against Tony
Ferguson at UFC
on Fox 3, according to a report from Brazilian outlet
Headlined by a pivotal lightweight confrontation between Nate Diaz and
Miller, UFC on Fox 3 takes place May 5 at the Izod Center in
East Rutherford, N.J. Also featuring a welterweight scrap pitting
Koscheck against Johny
Hendricks, the event marks the promotion’s second appearance on
network television in 2012.
Tavares has won back-to-back fights heading into his showdown with
Ferguson. After beginning 2011 with a knockout defeat to Shane
Roller, the Brazilian has shined on his home soil, notching a
first-round technical knockout over Spencer
Fisher at UFC 134 before outpointing Sam Stout two
months ago at UFC 142.
Ferguson has yet to taste defeat inside the Octagon. The winner of
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 as a welterweight, “El Cucuy”
Nijem at the live finale in June. The Californian followed that
win with a pair of lightweight victories to close out the year,
stopping Aaron Riley
on Sept. 24 and earning a unanimous nod over Yves Edwards
on Dec. 3.