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UFC Announces Velasquez vs. dos Santos for Main Event of November 12 Debut On Fox


(“Let’s try to make this thing last at least one round, deal?”)

UFC president Dana White announced during a conference call today that a heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will be the only bout on the promotion’s inaugural one-hout broadcast on Fox November 12. The heavily-anticipated bout, which was rumored to be the capper for UFC 139 a week later in San Jose, was instead moved to the Fox show and will now be the UFC’s landmark first fight on network television. The promotion is confident that it could do for them what Griffin vs. Bonnar I at the TUF 1 finale did for the sport back in 2006.

White says that he’s “literally betting everything” that the fight will deliver and the fact that the UFC and Fox are putting all of their eggs in one basket with the bout, which could be an issue if it is over quickly, especially since the network is planning a big red carpet Superbowl-type party in Hollywood and a pre and post-fight show for the event, proves this. Fox Sports chairman David Hill is also confident that the bout won’t disappoint fans, referring to it as MMA’s equivalent of a “Ali-Foreman.”

The remainder of the show, which will be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, will feature a full 10-fight card, will likely be broadcast elsewhere according to White, who said they are ironing out those details now.

Tickets for the event go on sale next Friday at the Honda Centre.

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SnackDaddy- September 4, 2011 at 4:35 am
This is a great fight but for first time watchers, who will be obliviousness to the epicness of both Cain and JDS, it might as well have been a scrap between to amateur fighters in some shady promotion. Going with someone like Brock would have made much more sense.
KINGMADE- September 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm
This should be UFC 100 but on national television... I can't believe they are fucking this up this bad. Don't get me wrong. I want to see this fight... I just think there is a much better way. Advertise it like Fox advertises the Daytona 500... this could be HUGE... what a let down.
mDino- September 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm
cain is legit, this will go atleast 2 rounds
Duh Ogre- September 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm
I say JDS taking Cain out very quickly. Look at what happened when Cain fought Kongo. JDS is a much better striker than Kongo. I say it's over in the first and the whole card is done lol
Xerxes- September 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm
TUF1 was in 2004, not 2006
cabj1905- September 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm
@RWR The rest of the card will probably be on fagbook. UFC can't air fights on cable TV until the deal with Spike expires at the end of the year. Fox execs also said that they were gonna let Zuffa produce the cards, so more than likely, that means we're getting Rogan and Goldy to call the fights. The pre- and post-fight shows, however, may have Gus' name written all over it.
RwilsonR- September 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm
I wonder if this 1 hour show (plus the rest of the card on FX or Fuel) will be the standard format, or if it is just for the inaugural event given the short time for Fox to adjust their broadcast schedule. Should be a great fight. Hopefully GuJo will be nowhere near this thing.
Darkside- September 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm
@Rejo

A buddy of mine went to that fight with his dad. Damn near ringside seats. His dad went to take a piss before the fight started. It was done by the time he got back. Gotta love shit like that.
Rejo- September 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm
^^^^Yeah, guess they never heard of that Tyson vs. Spinks fight that was going to make history. My brother missed that one by going to get a coke.
KINGMADE- September 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm
This is the dumbest shit I have ever heard of. Over in 10 seconds and people change the channel.
DangadaDang- September 2, 2011 at 11:54 am
I swear to God Valasquez if you injure yourself I will be at the border within the hour calling for higher walls.
noizy- September 2, 2011 at 11:33 am
If the fight ends early, they have B-roll of guest ring girls and whipped cream.
Dmonicideals- September 2, 2011 at 11:24 am
@Rex: have you ever actually timed how much actual fighting they show on a PPV? About an hour of actual fighting, the rest is filler.
mmacanada- September 2, 2011 at 11:13 am
dont worry about 139 ticket sales. they have not gone on sale yet... i dont even think ufc 137 ticks are on sale.. all will be well.. that card is still salvageable.
Fried Taco- September 2, 2011 at 11:11 am
Fox is hoping for a quick knockout so they can show lots of commercials.
And UFC 139 will now be announced as Fiber vs Bowels to try and bring in the older crowd.
Eddi- September 2, 2011 at 11:10 am
Fedor vs Daley will headline ufc 139
newdeal- September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am
so what about the people who bought tickets to see that fight the following week? Now they get a headliner of Faber vs Bowles? Also I doubt this fight will end quickly but you never know. I expect that Cain will test Dos Santos on the ground after seeing how he mutilated Carwin. Noone wants to see 5 rounds of lay and pray on FOX as the first event
Jackal- September 2, 2011 at 11:04 am
Ya know, I thought motorcycle guys have poor grammar, at least their journalists have decent English. Jeez cagepotato get your staff right and double check your work, you suck.

Beyond that, Cain vs Junior should be good, Cain in the 2nd.
Cup Cheick- September 2, 2011 at 11:00 am
Uh I believe I called this shit on last nights article. Hurray for me.
ReX13- September 2, 2011 at 10:58 am
i'm confused. One hour show, and they're only showing one fight??
Big Kabosh- September 2, 2011 at 10:57 am
Chuck vs Tito...word.
Chri534.- September 2, 2011 at 10:55 am
Who's going to headline 139 now?
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