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UFC on FOX 1 Conference Call Notes and Quick Quotes

(A twist to the story is that they are actually brothers who used to be siamese twins.)

The UFC and FOX held a conference call today with UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC President Dana White, FOX Sports Media Group Chairman David Hill, FOX Sports Co-President Eric Shanks and FUELTV General Manager George Greenberg for members of the media who were unable to attend today’s UFC on Fox 1 pre-fight press conference in Los Angeles. Besides the big announcement that prelim fights will soon be moving over to FuelTV from Facebook, there were a few other interesting nuggets that came out of the call.

Check out the quick quotes below.


Dana White:

“These guys are the best at what they do. David Hill has revolutionized sports. We’d be crazy not to want FOX’s input (on production and the broadcast).”

“No matter what, you know we’re going to deliver. We’re on FOX – the biggest, baddest network on the planet. We couldn’t ask for anything more. This is a dream come true.”

“This is without a doubt the biggest fight in UFC history. This thing started as a small fringe sport and has grown to what it is today. This Saturday night as we step out onto FOX, millions of people will see UFC who’ve never watched before. As we take this step forward into what we call ‘mainstream,’ we were much more fortunate in that we were able to hand pick a fight that we wanted to put on FOX. If I had to do it all over again, this is still the fight I’d pick to put on network television.


Cain Velasquez:

“From both of us, we have exciting fighting styles. We don’t go out there and put on boring fights. We’re both going to go forward. That’s what fans are going to see, that’s what people who haven’t seen this before are going to see on Saturday.”

I want to represent hardworking people. Whether in training or in the fight, it’s good to know I have people supporting me and it makes me work harder and train harder. I always want to go out there and represent them well. I appreciate the support from the Mexican fans and fans all over.”


Junior dos Santos:

“I feel really excited, but no pressure. It’s the same pressure I felt in my last fight. This is huge for me and I want to enjoy it and I will.”

“Cain has amazing stamina. I think in this case, Cain Velasquez is the number one heavyweight now. I want to change this on Saturday. It’s going to be a great fight and a war. I think a lot of people are going to be rooting for him on Saturday night, but I know I’ll have a lot of people rooting for me around the world. I’ll use that energy on Saturday night”

“I will give my best to make this belt a Brazilian belt. I’m ready to go five rounds, but I think this fight finishes before.


David Hill:

“You never rattle the cages of the ratings gods, but we expect to be pleasantly surprised on Sunday morning.

“We’re obviously stoked [to have this event on FOX]. We’re all huge boxing fans and I think with the death of Joe Frazier, it made people realize that everyone remembers what a great boxer and competitor he was, and the will to win Joe Frazier had. Everyone started talking about the golden days of boxing and what happened to it. To be coming back on primetime with a fight like this, it’s kinda of like the dawn of a new era. It’s like a phoenix coming from the ashes.”

“What boxing was to my generation, UFC is to my son’s. By the end of these seven years, UFC will be mainstream.


Eric Shanks:

“The day that we signed the deal – I didn’t know it at the time – but I found out that every person at FOX is a UFC fan. People were high-fiving me at the office. That place hasn’t been more pumped since we signed the deal.”

“It’s a coming out party for UFC on FOX (on Saturday) and it’s a coming out party for FUEL.”


George Greenberg:

“In general, about 25 percent of [FuelTV's] programming pie will be dedicated to UFC. Over 2,000 hours of UFC programs. We’ll have at least 100 hours of live programming. We get all the shoulder programming, whether it’s ‘Primetime,’ ‘Countdown,’ ‘Best of,’ and we have access to the PRIDE library.

“As we expose a brand new audience to the MMA world, this thing is going to explode. It’s going to be represented in primetime, on late night, on the weekends. It will be the wind in our sails for sure.”

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zhangii- November 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm
chzhff- November 10, 2011 at 9:28 am
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ThePeoplesTroll- November 10, 2011 at 9:16 am
in canada the whole card is free in HD on rogers sportsnet
Zescape- November 10, 2011 at 8:08 am
I'm not disgusted. They're giving me an entire fight card for free, and it's STACKED. I don't really care what everyone else sees, I'm going to watch and enjoy all of the fights and not pay anything for them.
SnackDaddy- November 10, 2011 at 6:08 am
Goddamn it! Why can't you just give us an edit button? Can't be that hard to incorporate!?
SnackDaddy- November 10, 2011 at 5:51 am
I'm warning ya now, if any newbie fans show up here and start running there mouth about how they know everything about mma, im gonna throw s shitfit! there, i said it.
AndyInflammatory- November 10, 2011 at 3:25 am
yeah bro coz thats whats going to be happening forever and ever - business takes precedent over whiney fans who hate errrthing and errrrone


get over yourself
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- November 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm
what i find disgusting is the fact that they are only going to broadcast one fight. ONE FUCKING FIGHT! this card is stacked and we only get one fight on national television... we have to go to facebook or espn deportes to watch the rest? are you serious? does this make sense? i know the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Corporation) wants to market to the masses but come on now, you're giving in to Fox... I know DW wants to show at least the Co-Main and the Main on Fox... get this shit going Dana, you're not the pushover type...
smellypiratehooker- November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Man! All these articles about the Fox matchup and not one about Rory Macdonald getting injured and out of the ufc 140 fight. Was really looking forward to that and shouldn't have to go to other sites to get important info like that. Shame on you CP
Fried Taco- November 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm
What about the part where MRuss got tickets to UFC 140? That was him, right?!?