Welterweights agree to fight on May 5 card
The UFC’s third Fox card, set for May 5 in New Jersey, has a pair of up-and-coming welterweights on the show – both of whom will be returning after long injury layoffs.
John Hathaway and Pascal Krauss will fight on May 5. The UFC announced the fight Monday, saying verbal agreements are in place for the 170-pound matchup.
UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and will feature a recently confirmed main event between lightweight contenders Nate Diaz and Jim Miller.
Hathaway (15-1, 5-1 UFC) will return for the first time in more than a year on the card. Last March, Hathaway took a split decision against Kris McCray. That fight got him back in the win column after he suffered his first career loss, a decision setback against Mike Pyle at UFC 120. But since the win over McCray, Hathaway has been on the shelf with injuries.
In fact, the UFC tried to book Hathaway-Krauss for UFC 138 in England last fall. But both Hathaway and Krauss were injured and couldn’t compete on the card.
Krauss (10-0, 1-0 UFC) will return for the first time since November 2010, when he debuted in the UFC with a Fight of the Night win over Mark Scanlon in front of his home crowd in Germany.
UFC on Fox 3 also includes a heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson. UFC president Dana White said on Saturday after UFC 143 that a third and fourth bout are expected to be added to the Fox-televised main card.