UFC on Fox 12 is in July and with the UFC on a deadline, they need to make an announcement for this card. They already have fights announced, but nothing as the headliner. You have two arguments you could make, Anthony Johnson – Antonio Rogerio Nogueira or Josh Thomson – Michael Johnson. Well, the announcement will happen later today and we will let you know. But let’s go inside the possible headling fights:
Anthony Johnson (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will meet fellow light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 12.
Anthony Johnson has 11 knockouts, and 6 decision victories in his MMA career. He is on a seven fight winning streak, In his last three fights he has beaten Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous decision back in March of 2013, then Mike Kyle via 1st Rd KO in January of this year. Finally, in his last fight, he beat Phil Davis via Unanimous decision at UFC 172. This is a very quick turn around for Johnson, but he had said in the past that he wants to fight frequently and he is certainly getting that in this fight.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has six knockouts, 6 submissions and 9 decision victories in his MMA career. He has been in the UFC since 2009 and in his last four fights he is 2-2. He lost to Ryan Bader via Unanimous decision back in September of 2010. Another loss was by Phil Davis via Unanimous decision back in March of 2011. He got a win over Tito Ortiz via TKO in December of 2011 and then in his last fight he beat Rashad Evans via Unanimous decision in February of 2013.
You could also make the case that #3 ranked lightweight Josh Thomson will face #10 lightweight Michael Johnson should be the headliner.
Josh Thomson has won his last 2 out of four fights. He has two fights in the UFC and has a 1-1 record while fighting in the octagon. He made his debut against Nate Diaz which he won via TKO in the second round (April 2013) He then fought Benson Henderson in January of this year, but lost in a very very close fight ending in a split decision.
Michael Johnson has won his last three fights. He beat Joe Lauzon via Unanimous decision back at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Sonnen in August of 2013, then beat Gleison Tibau via 2nd Rd KO at UFC 168 – Weidman vs. Silva 2 in December of 2012 and finally in his last fight he beat Melvin Guillard via Unanimous decision back at UFC Fight Night – Gustafsson vs. Manuwa in March of this year.
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Here is how the card looks like right now:
- Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Michael Johnson vs. Josh Thomson
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida
- Noad Lahat vs. Steven Siler
- Kyle Kingsbury vs. Opponent TBA