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UFC/FOX Press Conference Rundown, As Told By Twitter


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Rejoice, fight fans, because the UFC has finally made it to network television. It was announced today in Los Angeles that the world’s premier MMA promotion will begin hosting live events on FOX beginning November 12th. And that’s just the beginning.

While following the live video stream of today’s UFC/FOX press conference, I — like every other MMA writer who wasn’t actually in the building — was intently monitoring people’s reactions on twitter and chipping in my own two cents when it seemed appropriate. So much information was released in the hour-long session that instead of transcribing the whole mess myself, I’ll just cherry-pick the most important bits that were coming through on our Freaks of the Industry feed. (Future of journalism, people.) All the good stuff is contained right here, so read on…

@stevecofield: UFC/FOX makes it official with a 10:02am PT press release. First event airs on Nov. 12 at 9pm ET. Spring 2012 TUF 15 on FX

@jordanbreen: You’ll never see another sport where so many people are excited for the symbolism of a guy from Newsradio wearing a jacket.

@benfowlkes: Fox cameramen apparently confused about the difference between GSP and Frankie Edgar. Rough start, but okay…

@mikechiappetta: FOX exec says TUF will move to Fridays. “We’ll literally own Friday nights,” he says.

@showdownjoe: From Spike: “The Ultimate Fighter” season 14 in September will be our last.”

@stevecofield: Dana White is giddy. “this was it for me. This is what I always wanted. This was always the pinnacle”

@jordanbreen: Someone throw a blazer on Dana. Please. People who dress themselves will understand.

@mmaweeklycom: TUF 15 will be taped week to week with the elimination fight shown live each Friday night on FX. #UFConFox

@maggiehendricks: The UFC already owns my Saturday nights, but now Fridays, too? MMA! The sport for shut-ins!

@showdownjoe: New promo airing right now for TUF…audience will now have a voice and select who will fight. I like it.

@thetomasrios: Just realized Pacquiao/Marquez 3 is Nov. 12th as well. That’s a very bold move for your network debut.

@5ozsofpain: Josh Gross and Dana White in the same room. This presser gets more monumental by the moment.

@stevecofield: @arielhelwani Asks about Nov 12 on FOX. Dana says it’ll be down in Anaheim. No card info yet. Seven yr deal.

@cagepotatomma: UFC programming like ‘Unleashed’ and ‘Prelims Live’ to appear on Fuel. Karyn Bryant was a big fan of ‘The Shield’.

@stevecofield: Richard Sandomir asks why this is such a big deal. David Hill makes a joke and Sandomir disappears.
[Ed. note: Sandomir is a New York Times reporter who asked Fox Sports CEO David Hill why he promoted this announcement as such a big deal. Hill: "So you'd call in." Hill was firing brief, sardonic answers all day. Dude's a character.]

@mmaweeklycom: Production will be run by the UFC, FOX will bring in their guys for the pre and post shows. #UFConFox

@stevecofield: Dana again confirming six UFC Fight Nights on FX and four big UFC cards on FOX. Plus 26 weeks of TUF live fights on FX

@maggiehendricks: Lorenzo says Fox caters to men, then the feed cuts out for me. Damn, @ufc, you really don’t want me around, huh?

@5ozsofpain: Also Loretta Hunt at the presser. Epicness continues.

@showdownjoe: Lorenzo stated that there will be championship fights on Fox, but not all will include champs.

@cagepotatomma: “No speedo fights anymore.”

@mmaweeklycom: The move for the UFC to Fox Latin America will be the driving force in the company having a show in Mexico #UFConFox

@mmaweeklycom: FX exec takes a shot at Spike TV regarding to the promotion of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’. They expect many more eyeballs on the show now #UFC

@5ozsofpain: Wide shot reminds us that Edgar, GSP, Rashad, and Chuck are still there. Would love to hear some questions towards them about the impact.

@showdownjoe: Dana just stated that there will be a new look and change to UFC ppv’s

@cagepotatomma: GLADIATOR OPENING IS GOING AWAY! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!

@jordanbreen: What are your favorite Gladiator Man memories? I always liked when he rubbed the sand between his hands to up the grip on his sword.

@cagepotatomma: “Try the wings.” – Joe Rogan #ufcfoxpressconference #lastwords

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fxdfp- August 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Rogan is hilarious but he looked terrified!
fatbellyfrank- August 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm
@cagepotatomma: “No speedo fights anymore
@cagepotatomma: GLADIATOR OPENING IS GOING AWAY! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!
@cagepotatomma: “Try the wings.” – Joe Rogan #ufcfoxpressconference #lastwords
See, thats why us Tater heads love this site, we focus on the Big picture, and more free fights on Fuel? boooooyaaaaaaaa
XENOPHON- August 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm
@RwilsonR
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Rashad classing up...with his $2 Hanes V-Neck.
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FUNNY, best of the day.
the silver hawaiian- August 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm
I f*cking hate that robot.
NinJay- August 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm
Fox announces the football Robot will now be the UFC intro. He will be wearing Chuck's Iceman shorts.
RwilsonR- August 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm
@ danomite - agree, but look at Rashad classing up the joint with his $2.00 Hanes v-neck.
RwilsonR- August 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Live fights for TUF means they'll now count towards a fighter's record, right? This sounds like a lot of good news all around.
O Chan- August 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm
@JZ89
Shouldn't be a problem. After all, he did Fear Factor while he was on contract with Spike. From the looks of it, I'd say the majority of the content will be living on Fox Cable and Fox Sports as opposed to Big Fox which would be a more direct competitor to NBC. One example that comes to mind is Sarah Chalke who did a multiple story arch on CBS How I Met Your Mother while the final season of SCRUBS was still on air (which aired on NBC after ABC dropped it).
skeletor- August 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm
@JZ89
You wouldn't think it would affect it to much. But when I heard he was doing the show I thought it would have been cool to do an all fighter episode. Could you imagine if they tried to get chael Sonnen to put any kind of balls in his mouth.
JZ89- August 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm
I wonder if this is going to affect Rogans job on NBC? with Fear Factor.
thebusinessman- August 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Nice summary, less the @cagepotatomma tweets. LOL.
NomadRip- August 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Don't have fuel, but who cares. The rest is a good thing.
danomite- August 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm
wouldn't putting a blazer on Dana White in that outfit turn him into a hipster doofus?
WarpedAcorn- August 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Sweet! No more Gladiator man with a crew cut!
Everlast66- August 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Fuck my cable provider - they don't have Fuel, so no more prelims for me.
The_Dead_Cow- August 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Damn, now I gotta get the fuel channel to watch prelims. Nice summary, good job.
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