The UFC has continued to stack the deck for UFC on FOX 19, which is slated for April 16, 2016 from Tampa, Florida.
In just the last few days, reports have indicated that bouts between “Suga” Rashad Evans and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, and Michael Chiesa and Beneil Dariush have all been added to the card.
That doesn’t appear to be all, however, as MMAFighting’s Luke Thomas has indicated that No. 6-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson will make his return in April to take on No. 10-ranked Hacran Diaz.
Swanson has been nursing an injury on the sidelines since his latest fight, a brutal stoppage loss at the hands of Max Holloway at last April’s UFC on FOX 15. Prior to that, Swanson had won six of seven with the only loss in that stretch coming to top contender and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Diaz has compiled two straight wins of his own, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 58 in December 2014, and a split decision win over Levan Makashvili at UFC Fight Night 70 last June.
This will be a pivotal bout for each man, as the winner will loft himself back into the crowded mix of featherweight contenders longing for a chance at divisional kingpin and promotional cash cow Conor McGregor.
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