By the time you read this, UFC on FOX 5 may already be sold out.
This past weekend at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, UFC President Dana White said the December event, which is the final FOX-televised show of 2012, has done brisk ticket sales.
And having a likely title eliminator in the co-headliner hasn't hurt.
"UFC on FOX 5 almost sold out before I left (the U.S.)," White said after UFC 153. "It's probably sold out now."
The event, which takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle's KeyArena, arguably features the deepest FOX-televised card to date. In the headliner, lightweight champion Benson Henderson (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) meets top contender Nate Diaz (16-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC). Additionally, White said a title shot could be on the line in the co-headliner, which features Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
"It'll put one of those guys in the position (for a title shot)," White said of the co-main event.
The card, which also boasts welterweights B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) vs. Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Mike Swick (15-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. Matt Brown (15-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC), thus far has avoided the injury bug. And that fact isn't lost on White.
"It's staying together so far," he said. "lease let this stay together."
The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV, 5 p.m. ET)
Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
Mike Chiesa vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Dennis Siver vs. Ediie Yagin
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
John Cholish vs. Yves Edwards*
* - Not officially announced