Two “Ultimate Fighter” veterans will square off at
UFC on Fox 5, promotion officials revealed Wednesday, as
Nijem and Joe Proctor
will battle at the Dec. 8 event.
UFC on Fox 5 takes place at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a
headlining lightweight title tilt between Benson
Henderson and Nate Diaz. The
evening’s main card airs live on Fox’s flagship network, while Fuel
TV carries the preliminary proceedings.
Nijem fought his way to the finals of “TUF” Season 13 before he was
knocked out by Tony
Ferguson at the live finale. Back-to-back victories would
follow for the Utah resident, as Nijem dominated Daniel
Downes to close out last year before kicking off 2012 with a
June 22 technical knockout victory over C.J. Keith at
UFC on FX 4.
Proctor was eliminated by James Vick in
the quarterfinal round of “TUF 15” but rebounded from the
exhibition loss to stop cast mate Jeremy
Larsen at the June 1 season finale. The Massachusetts native
owns half of his career victories by submission and has been bested
just once as a professional, suffering a technical knockout defeat
Felix in 2010.