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UFC on Fox Conference Call Notes: One Fight on Fox and TUF Done and Over in Six Weeks


(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAHEAT)

The UFC held a conference call today in which Dana White and both main event competitors for the promotion’s inaugural Fox broadcast, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, fielded questions from the MMA media.

Among other topics, White addressed the possible scenario that the Velasquez-JDS fight could be over faster then the planned pre-fight extravaganza and said that if it is, then there won’t be any other fights shown on Fox, period.

“There’s only gonna be one fight. The heavyweight championship is the only fight that’s gonna be on Fox, [even if] it goes 10 seconds.”

Here are the highlight’s of the call:

• Velasquez says his media obligations haven’t been too overwhelming. Just the right amount.

• Cain says his shoulder rehab went well and he’s glad he didn’t rush his recovery as it is a tough surgery to heal up from

• He has been watching lots of tape on JDS and has been sparring a lot with Paul Buentello

Dos Santos says it was tough waiting so long for his shot and that he was a bit frustrated when Cain got injured, but it was worth the wait

• Says he believes that Cain is the number one heavyweight in the world and that by beating him he will take his crown and ranking

• Junior has been training for three months for the bout with guys like the Noguieras and Doria

• Doesn’t believe the bout will go the distance but says he’s ready conditioning-wise if it does

• Dana says prelims will be on Facebook and Fox.com and the weigh-ins will be aired on Fuel and that we can expect major changes to the format including production changes starting in January (goodbye gladiator montage?)

• Mexico is taking longer then expected to make happen as there have been lots of unforeseeable problems

• Dana is confident that the main event will be a great one, which is why he based the premier Fox event around it

• In spite of the financial hit he says they will take with cards like this one, there are no plans to reduce number of free shows as White says he wants the UFC’s TV model to resemble ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”

• Says he doesn’t look at what anyone else has done on network TV before because they’ve all failed

• Credits the massive success of the Brazil show for landing the GLOBO deal and calls the channel a “monster network”

• Rogers Sportsnet will air the event in Canada

• White feels that the Brazilian edition of TUF will be talent steeped and says he wants to do the show on a global scale and have the winners compete in a format similar to the World Cup

• Says the Fox deal helped to legitimize the sport and was one of his proudest moments as UFC president

• The biggest change to TUF is that the finals will happen at the end of the six weeks and the coaches will fight two weeks later, which is crazy since there isn’t much time for a decent camp while the coaches are filming

• Says EliteXC screwed themselves, that they should never have had a TV deal and if they had done things properly likely would still be around and on CBS

• Hinted perhaps that the Strikeforce negotiations may not happen as he stated that the UFC doesn’t do a deal unless they are completely in the driver’s seat

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RealTalk123- November 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Ever since B Fowlkes left this site is an abomonation. MRuss is a soft tampon wearing pussy and deletes any comments/accounts that try to improve this site. IM GLAD you faggots are blackballed you deserve it fools.
macreadysshack- November 3, 2011 at 10:59 am
Yeah, 3 fights at least. Make sure they're guys that are bangers, are NOT bleeders and have decent personality. That's what I'd go with.
errandboy- November 3, 2011 at 7:19 am
Any ideas wher we can watch this in the UK?? Doesnt look like it is on ESPN
Lesnarischamp- November 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm
I figured if the ME was short, it could be a great way to highlight another great KO/sub finish from earlier in the night to appeal more to new fans.

but obviously rehashing the ME and promos for a future event would be a better way...
Shifty-Eyed Dog- November 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Yeah I get this is a bonus show, but what will they do with that much time to fill if the fight is short??!?
skeletor- November 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm
I believe this is kind of a bonus show to the full fox deal. There will still be four shows starting in March and when DW announced this I believe he stated those will be full cards.
rngeorgeh- November 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Please don't lose the gladiator montage!
Shifty-Eyed Dog- November 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm
I understand only scheduling one fight for the Fox special. It makes sense. But if lasts ten seconds, they will not air any other fights??? So what then? An extra 30 minutes of commercials? Commentators rehashing the same 10-second fight for 30 minutes?? Dead air? It's idiotic.
Fried Taco- November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Globo is to TV in Brazil as UFC is to MMA in USA.
RwilsonR- November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm
@ Ani - I don't think that was Dana's idea to only have 1 fight on FOX. I think he is bound by contractual and/or airtime limitations.
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Also, I was wondering how they would have the coaches fight if TUF was live. Kinda sucks to be a coach, now, since you have to train the contestants and do a training camp yourself simultaneously.
Booosted- November 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Yea i'd like to see atleast 3 fights. Throw in a some good match ups to entertain the masses.
Ani703- November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm
I think Dana's plan to have only one single fight on Fox regardless of whether it ends in ten seconds or not is awesome. I mean awful.
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