Dana White breaks the news around the six minute mark. Props to NBCsports.com for the video.
When the news first broke that the UFC was going to hold an event in Japan on the same day as an event in Las Vegas in 2012, many of us were confused as to how this was going to work. Some of us pictured a Flintstones-esque scenario where Dana White and Burt Watson frantically try to be in two places at once, leading to various shenanigans. Even though specifics are still up in the air at this point, last night Dana White cleared the air a bit with how the UFC intends on handling the situation.
According to Dana White, the UFC event in Japan will take place on February 26, while the PPV card in Las Vegas will take place on February 25. Due to time zone differences, the plan is that the UFC Japan card will air live for free (presumably on Fox) immediately before the PPV broadcast in Las Vegas. So for those of you who guessed that that was going to happen, feel free to gloat in the comments section.
Dana White also commented on the fears some of you may have about the strength of the Japan card compared to the strength of the PPV. As transcribed by MMAWeekly: “The thing we don’t do, and it’s what boxing did a long time ago, when the pay model started they started putting (expletive) fights on free TV. We don’t ever put (expletive) fights on free TV.”
Fight cards have yet to be announced for either event.