The UFC's crusade on the Fox-family network continued with the announcement of the first FX-broadcasted event. According to promotion officials, the inaugural event takes place in January at an undetermined city and venue.
Two match-ups already have been released for the card. Welterweights warriors Josh Neer (32-10-1) and Duane Ludwig (22-11) are set to square off, as are heavyweight veterans Pat Barry (6-4) and Christian Morecraft (7-2).
"The first-ever UFC fight card to be televised live on FX is taking shape with two bouts featuring fan favorites known for their fast-paced fights," UFC officials confirmed. "City, date and international viewing information will be made available shortly."
Neer recently returned for a fourth UFC stint after a successful 6-1 run within regional promotions, and was impressive in his reintroduction, scoring a TKO victory over Keith Wisniewski. The win was the fifth in a row for "The Dentist", all of which have come via finish.
Ludwig, a former Muay Thai world champion with a 43-7-1 professional kickboxing record, carries a two-fight win streak into the bout after a thriving return to the UFC's welterweight division.
Meanwhile, Barry enters the fray on uncertain ground after dropping three of his last four UFC contests, including a first-round hail-mary TKO loss Cheick Kongo in June. Despite his fan-friendly stand-up style and affable demeanor, the 32-year-old likely requires a win to preserve his roster spot.
Morecraft, a 25-year-old Team Bombsquad representative, finds himself on similar footing as Barry, having tasted defeat in two of his three UFC appearances. The D.C. native's lone win came against Sean McCorkle in March, and was sandwiched between losses to Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve.