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First ‘UFC on Fox’ Card Will Feature Two Fights, Won’t Compete With Pacquiao


(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.

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RSparrow- August 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Most of you guys are wrong. The UFC is gonna put absolutely spectacular fights together before the Pacman fight. Competing head to head, they know this is their opportunity for everyone to leave that night thinking about the UFC and not boxing. They are smart, some of you... are not.
XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm
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XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm
This is just the beginning of the UFC faltering. You put Fox Entertainment in there and it get's all fucked up real fast.
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It's gonna give Viacom a chance to play copy-cat catch up. Fox is right about one thing, and that's that they will kill it with their ratings until there is someone to balance the draw.
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Travelinron- August 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Every bar that is carrying the Pacquia fight will air the UFC.

Every UFC fan will watch these fights before they pay for the Pacquia fight.

This will bring huge ratings.
MMAmike- August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Except Liddell gets KO'ed by his pillow every night so the athletic commission has him on permanent suspension. Even if he came back not sure who they could bring in with weak enough punches to guarantee him a win

-But I don't like this as a start for the deal. Only throwing on 2 fights? What if they are duds? And why would they choose the night Pacman is fighting to be their first date?
newdeal- August 19, 2011 at 11:18 am
Liddell is coming out of retirement for this one mark my words. They are going to put him in there against someone who has a granite chin and no power so there can be fireworks.
Rampages Conscience- August 19, 2011 at 8:37 am
How is this a good start to mainstream television? Hey, why don't we cram 2 fights on a card without ample time for the fighters to get proper training camps, while sandwiching the weekend between two bigger fight cards? Hey, why don't we also try to cram the fights in right before a Pacquiao fight? This strategy will certainly win over our new partner...
Spitting into the wind- August 19, 2011 at 6:51 am
Only 2 fights on the main card? Not a fan.
Seems to devalue the product a bit for me. I mean the UFC for me is about the whole night of fights, never just about the main event like as in boxing.
If the main fight sucks what then? You don't have a solid and deep fight card to take away the bad taste of a terrible main.
I hope this isnt going to set a precedent that they will follow in future.
Bob Reilly- August 19, 2011 at 6:35 am
So.. does that mean it will hurt them? Please clarify.
ExpectJesusBro- August 19, 2011 at 6:20 am
WOW... FOUR STRAIGHT WEEKENDS.. I CAN'T SEE THAT NOT HURTING THEM AT XMAS/NEWYEAR TIME...
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