(UFC on FOX video promo via ZombieProphet)
Some fresh details coming in about the UFC’s latest game-changing deal and their November 12th debut on FOX. As first reported by the Las Vegas Sun, the broadcast will be a one-hour live special, kicking off at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET., and will feature just two fights along with a full preliminary card. The event is expected to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Because of the time-slot, booking the event on the same night as Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 3 won’t be an issue for home viewers. “We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” Lorenzo Fertitta said. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.”
As for the UFC on Fox fight card itself, only one prelim match has been announced so far…
UFC.com reports that featherweights Dustin Poirier and Pablo Garza have verbally agreed to meet on 11/12. ‘Fightville‘ star Poirier is 10-1 overall, and 2-0 since coming over to the UFC from WEC, with unanimous decision victories over Josh Grispi and Jason Young. Garza (11-1) is also 2-0 as a UFC featherweight, scoring a Knockout of the Night against Fredson Paixao and a Submission of the Night over Yves Jabouin. He briefly appeared on TUF 12, where he lost to Michael Johnson in the lightweight elimination round.
Though future UFC on FOX events will be full-length affairs, the first one will be “a little different,” according to Fertitta. “It’s going to literally be back-to-back action. We aren’t going to mess around with a lot of pre-fight commentary, post-fight commentary. We are going to roll right in, set up the fights and let the action go.”
With the addition of “UFC on FOX 1″ on November 12th, the UFC now has events scheduled for four-straight weekends, from October 29th to November 19th.